BiRDMAN or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Review

birdman_w300GRADE: A

RATED: R (language throughout, some sexual content and brief violence)



BiRDMAN is smart, outstandingly acted, well directed, and at times funny. The film is edited in a way so that it looks like it was shot in one continuous take. Rather than limiting the film, it makes it something different than what everyone’s become accustomed to. It gives the film a more real and interesting look. The cinematography is great, since the film is seemingly continuous, the camera follows whomever is the subject everywhere they go. The camera does several close ups of faces, showing every kind of emotion that is in the character’s face. This is also why the acting is so great, for everyone in the cast, Michael Keaton, Edward Norton, Emma Stone, Zach Galifianakis, and Naomi Watts. Every member of the cast was outstanding, showing equal amounts of emotion through their voices, faces and body language. Michael Keaton plays Riggan Thompson, a once-was blockbuster star, who ever since he denied being in a sequel, has been failing. He’s broke, has family troubles and he’s depressed, now he’s adapting, directing, and starring in his own play on Broadway in attempt to come back while still being haunted by his movie star self. The film is heavy and it plays with your brain much more than you’d expect. At times, the film was you wondering if something’s real or if its Riggan’s imagination. Zach Galifianakis and Naomi Watts both gave strong performances, but were minor characters. Michael Keaton easily gave his best performance yet, and was very charismatic, Emma Stone was outstanding as Thompson’s daughter who just came back from rehab. Edward Norton was amazing as a method stage actor, who was also a total jerk. One of the things that the film does best is having everything in such a small space and always being so close up without the film feeling too claustrophobic. The score is also great, a jazzy drum beat that comes up every once in a while. Birdman is an outstanding film that plays with your mind and has amazing performances. The film is also gloriously guided by director Alejandro G. Iñarritu and is a must watch for fans of good movies. BiRDMAN was released on October 17th, but I never saw it until yesterday. It is nominated for 9 Oscars, tied for most nominations with Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel”.

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