'Big Eyes' Movie Review: Tim Burton Tackles Art vs. Commerce In Highly Engrossing Film

December 23, 2014 2:37 AM

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It has been hard to watch Tim Burton, he of such memorable films as "Ed Wood," "Big Fish," the original "Batman" and "Edward Scissorhands," fall from grace with such poor work as "Alice in Wonderland" and "Dark Shadows." In those two last efforts, the auteur with a knack for a bizarre and magical turned out two studio films that were actually lacking in the very qualities that have made him such an iconic filmmaker. Couple that with his now-tired collaboration with Johnny Depp (who is also undergoing his own decline of sorts in terms of his project choices) and you have a recipe for utter disappointment, if not for disaster.

It has been hard to watch Tim Burton, he of such memorable films as "Ed Wood," "Big Fish," the original "Batman" and "Edward Scissorhands," fall from grace with such poor work as "Alice in Wonderland" and "Dark Shadows." In those two last efforts, the auteur with a knack for a bizarre and magical tu...

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