‘Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)’, or ‘Birdman’ for short, tells the story about an old washed up actor who used to have the spotlight as a popular action actor named Riggan Thomson (Michael Keaton) who tries to finance, write, act and direct his own theatre show titled “What We Talk About When We Talk About Love”.
‘Birdman’ is a fascinating film that is directed beautifully by director Alejandro González Iñárritu. Long panning, swooping, moving shots that present very detailed close-up shots of characters quite effectively and emotionally, which is quite ambitious. The film acts as one continuous, uninterrupted story, where the film never, until its conclusion, cuts away to another shot, as it presented realism witnessing the days in the life of a theatre performer and the struggles behind the scenes. The direction of the cinematography is very similar to 2013’s ‘Gravity’, which is ironic as it is filmed by the same cinematographer from ‘Gravity’; Emmanuel Lubezki.
The film has an all-star cast, and the entire cast were incredible as their characters. Michael Keaton was very good, playing this washed-up Hollywood actor who tries to become a more serious actor, instead of a sell-out, where he portrayed a superhero called Birdman, which is similar to Keaton’s career where he played Batman in the early 90’s. Edward Norton, Emma Stone, Namoi Watts, Zach Galifianakis and Andrea Riseborough were also great supported characters, acted terrifically and gave powerful and emotional performances to their respective characters.
While ‘Birdman’ is close to perfection, the film does have some flaws. The story isn’t strong, but the film worked as a perfect character study, with incredible characterisations, thanks to the actors portraying these characters, and the film can get a little confusing for its own good, with an underwhelming conclusion, that will be talked about for ages.
What ‘Birdman’ does do right is like I said before, the depth to these characters is perfect, the film has some good laughs here and there, the score is amazing, great cinematography and direction throughout and shows messages and themes of critics vs. art, technology vs. popularity, theatre vs. film, drama vs. Hollywood action films, and so forth, which is a great time at the cinema if you’re looking for something that’s not the usual Hollywood action blockbuster, as I still enjoyed this film from start to finish, but it may not be for everyone.
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