Main Plot Points:
- “Michael Keaton delivers the best performance of his career” (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone) in this “funny, frenetic…” (Manohla Dargis, The New York Times) film from co-writer/director Alejandro G. Iñárritu.
- When a has-been movie superhero (Keaton) risks everything for Broadway, he faces harsh critics, a deranged alter ego, his estranged daughter (Emma Stone) and a difficult stage star (Edward Norton). Also starring Naomi Watts and Zach Galifianakis, Birdman is “audacious, original, and bold” (Leonard Maltin, Indiewire.com).
What We Thought:
- When I first saw Birdman I called it a piece of jazz music. It’s always moving, always changing, you never quite know where it’s going. I still think that‘s accurate.
- I liked Birdman a lot, I just didn’t love it. It’s something I’ll definitely own and watch a few times, but it’s so different it’s hard to categorize. I’m gonna break it down in different ways.
- As a movie reviewer or critic (a term I loathe), it’s brilliant and amazing looking. The performances are through the roof (Michael Keaton will probably win the Oscar). The direction and the score are some of the best of the past decade.
- As an actor and filmmaker myself, it’s brilliant and a clinic in filmmaking. You have a semester’s worth of material here to study in Filmmaking 101. The film looks like one giant take without any cuts. I waited to find a cut in this giant tracking shot of a film, but they are difficult to find. Just amazing.
- But as a regular movie watcher, someone who just goes to the movies to be entertained, well I don’t think those people will like it or even get it. It pokes fun at Summer Blockbusters and actors just working for a paycheck. The whole film takes place behind the scenes of a stage production and then on stage and most people outside the industry might not have a clue what’s going on.
- All that being said Birdman is still a must watch. It’s not my personal Best Picture of 2014 (to be honest, I don’t even know if it’s in my 10), but it’s a necessary film to see. It’s beautiful to look at it. It sounds amazing. There’s shading and coloring and amazing acting and long shots like a Robert Altman film. Just see it for yourself.
- A conversation with Michael Keaton and Alejandro G. Iñárritu
- “Birdman”: All-Access
- Gallery: Chivo’s on-set photography
Notable Cast & Crew:
- Michael Keaton
- Edward Norton
- Emma Stone
- Zach Galifianakis
- Naomi Watts
Recommended if You Like:
- Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip
- Michael Keaton