Things Learned from “Big Eyes”

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Love the movie, which is surprisingly a lot less eccentric than the usual Tim Burton movies.

I think the movie was well acted. It was so well-acted that the real life Margaret Keane, the main character of the movie, was in shock for 2 days after watching her life mirrored exactly on screen.

Because it was so thought provoking, I told myself I have to gather my thoughts on the things I’ve learned from the movie.

#1 Truth always prevails

The truth will always prevails, sooner or later. While a person can steal your work many times, the person can never ever be you. After all, there is only one “you”. The person can only reproduce your work that many times.

This is not just applicable to work of art but to life in general. We may be accused of something we are not, misunderstood or have credit taken away from us. Overtime, the  consistency from work and actions, which stem from your integrity and talent, would project a louder voice than any spoken word.

#2 We might have accomplished the gender equality we fought for

The movie’s 1950-60s setting brought upon a reminder of how privileged we are in terms of the freedom we are granted today. As you watch the movie, you’ll find yourself going back to days where women don’t have a voice, lacks job opportunity, women’s works gain no recognition and a separation from your husband (even an abusive one) is frowned upon. Thankfully, the situation is quite the opposite today.

#3 It’s ok to be introverted

Margaret Keane is an introvert and is the epitome of a wallflower. She’s very shy, soft spoken and prefers to express her emotions through her art, specifically through her paintings of big eyes which to her, are “windows of the soul”. While extroverts are naturally better at attracting the crowd to their work, we cannot undermine introverts. In fact, most introverts have a quiet and magnetic ability to draw people to them.

#4 If you can only have one business skill, it better be “sales”

Although Walter Keane has unrightfully taken credit from Margaret Keane, the painting sales and successful commercialisation would not have been possible without Walter’s charm and sales skills.

#5 You just have to do one bad thing to wipe out all the good things done

If your integrity is proven flawed, forget about all the noble things you’ve done.