Big Eyes is directed by Tim Burton, and we're all aware of his recent run of films. Not a lot of his recent films have been that well received, to say the least. They made billions at the box-office, but the reactions were nearly entirely negative. I, myself, don't hate all of his recent films; I think Dark Shadows is a lot of fun, but I can understand the negativity. Then Big Eyes came along, and it seemed that Tim Burton was finally making a good film again. A film that could proudly stand alongside Edward Scissorhands and Ed Wood. I wouldn't go that far. I would, however, describe it as being a pleasant refreshment to the world of talking caterpillars and pale, CGI Johnny Depp.
Then there's the cast, and they truly carry this movie. The two stars, Christoph Waltz and Amy Adams, are phenomenal. While neither of them give a career defining performance or anything along those lines, this is far from their worst film. The two are excellent. You can really feel Adams' vulnerability as she attempts to rationalise why she's letting her husband take credit for all she has in life, all while Waltz does his thing as a manipulative, yet occasionally charming douchebag.
Well, the biggest problem with Big Eyes lies in the script. Not with the characters or the dialogue or the fact that it spans over 10 years (because the film does actually manage to do a decent job at all 3 of those things). No. Big Eyes is simply a formulaic, predictable, by the numbers biopic that follows almost every convention a biopic could follow. It doesn't take any big leaps or try to do something new. They take a basic approach to this story and while the final product is actually pretty damn good, there's always a sense of 'hey, haven't I seen this somewhere before?'