I was surprised to find out that Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Reynolds had never done a movie together. They seem like a logical pairing—more than logical, actually. They’re actually quite perfect. Think about it: Witherspoon opposite Reynolds in one of the raunchier brand of romantic comedies. Her sassing it up against his rapid fire of half-grinning wisecracks? That’s a formula for a Hollywood hit. So, it should be no shock to anyone that the pair is teaming up for a new movie! No doubt a summer flick heavy on the laughs and stuffed with the just right amount of sweetness! … Right?
Not exactly. Witherspoon and Reynolds are joining forces for what is actually quite an unexpected vehicle for the duo: Big Eyes, a drama produced by Tim Burton and co-written by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski (who collaborated on the scripts for Ed Wood, The Man on the Moon, and The People Vs. Larry Flynt). The script is based on the true story of 1950s/60s-era artists Margaret and Walter Keane, who became famous for their paintings of big-eyed children and animals. The film will follow the divorce of Margaret and Walter, and the legal battle surrounding the rights to the paintings.
The film will sympathize largely with Margaret, who is understood to have been the true artist behind the paintings, despite her ex-husbands claims that they are his own creations.
Perhaps the fact that this is an unexpected project for the Witherspoon/Reynolds team is a good thing. Both actors have talent, but both are certainly confined to a type (regardless of the variations of films they have done in the past). Diversifying further will only prove beneficial to the team. Perhaps it won’t be long until we will hear that Witherspoon or Reynolds is doing a movie, and we’ll immediately think, “Probably another silent existentialistic docu-dramystery!”