In the late 1950s and early '60s, artist Walter Keane achieves unbelievable fame and success with portraits of saucer-eyed waifs. However, no one realizes that his wife, Margaret, is the real painter behind the brush. Although Margaret is horrified to learn that Walter is passing off her work as his own, she is too meek to protest too loudly. It isn't until the Keanes' marriage comes to an end and a lawsuit follows that the truth finally comes to light.
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"Although I like fantasy, I thought this movie was too much"
"Great film. Enjoyed every bit of it. I totally predicted the ending but still enjoyed it. I felt during some of the film parts were left out.. like missing pieces of the story that needed to be there. Margaret takes her daughter to Hawaii after (I don’t want I spoil it) something and officially goes off the board for 1 year without anyone finding her. I’m just wondering how did she pay for everything ? Like maybe she went to the bank and took stuff out… idk. But I’m glad they got to Hawaii. I’m also surprised at the end of the film she signed book that was a collection of art she produced but under her ex husbands name. But now thinking that over, I now see it as a way to show herself and him that the paintings always belong to her. I’m guessing with the feelings of missing stuff in the film there’s a lot of stuff that happened in her life that they couldn’t fit in the film. It was sad to see that her ex husband till he died in 2000 still tried to call her work his. But yes go watch it. It’s wonderful. "
"As usual Amy Adams was excellent as the lead character in this film based on a true story. It’s hard to believe this poor woman, well probably all women in the 1950’s, had to live in the shadows of their husbands. Thank goodness times have changed (somewhat). I’ve seen these big eye paintings before but to me they always just seemed computer generated and not produced by a real artist. Whether you like her art or not this film appreciates and respects her fight for her artistry. "
"The screenplay barely sheds light on Margaret Keane: her lense as an artist, her youth and why she paints big eyed figures, or what truly compels her to be naive and compliant enough to hide behind her scheming second husband their entire marriage. These elements of importance are briefly touched upon, at best. An interesting watch because of the talented Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz. Perhaps aligned with his own taste, Burton himself falls for the bizarre and manic characteristics of Walter Keane, instead of following Margaret closely, and crafting a film full of what could have been compelling commentary on socioeconomic gender inequality. Instead, the real painter is yet again undermined and overlooked, even in her own biopic. "
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