Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Tuesday’s Top Trailer: Big Eyes

Welcome back to a weekly feature here at Movies with Abe, Tuesday's Top Trailer. One of my favorite parts about going to see movies is the series of trailers that airs beforehand and, more often than not, the trailer is far better than the actual film. Each week, I'll be sharing a trailer I've recently seen. Please chime in with comments on what you think of the trailer and how you think the movie is going to be.

Big Eyes – Opening December 25, 2014

I saw this trailer a few weeks ago when I was at the movie theatre and I found it both intriguing and very weird. It’s mainly the poster that does it, with the very large and haunting eyes coming off as more creepy than artistically attractive. What doesn’t necessarily come across from the trailer is that this film is the work of Tim Burton, who is known for odd and eclectic projects. I liked “Frankenweenie,” “Alice in Wonderland,” and “Sweeney Todd,” three of his recent projects, and I’m a big fan of “Big Fish.” This seems to be a lot less fantastical than any of those, but there’s still something about painter Margaret Keane and the way that she connects to those eyes. I wouldn’t have thought to pair Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz, particularly because he’s nearly twenty years older but also because I don’t see them as being terribly compatible. Yet Waltz, in this film, appears to have an ageless quality about him, and it seems like he’s a good fit. Adams is the likelier one to earn buzz for this performance, one of an endearing and hard-working artist who has to hide what she does so that her husband can sell her work. I’m excited to see Jason Schwartzman and Krysten Ritter, who just appeared together in “Listen Up Philip,” in the supporting cast, in addition to traditional heavyweights Danny Huston and Terence Stamp. This film’s Christmas release date suggests that it’s going to be one of the big movies of the end of the year, and I hope it proves to be both enjoyable and memorable.

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