REVIEWs

Birdman


MOVIES I SHOULD HAVE WATCHED AGES AGO

Former cinema superhero Riggan Thomson (Michael Keaton) is mounting an ambitious Broadway production that he hopes will breathe new life into his stagnant career. It’s risky, but he hopes that his creative gamble will prove that he’s a real artist and not just a washed-up movie star. As opening night approaches, a castmate is injured, forcing Riggan to hire an actor (Edward Norton) who is guaranteed to shake things up. Meanwhile, Riggan must deal with his girlfriend, daughter and ex-wife.

Birdman directorial masterclass by Aleandro Inarritu whose direction in the movie is the showcase that allows the cast to shine in ways we’ve never seen before.

The themes here about Hollywood abound and it’s no wonder it won so many awards; the execution is so well done, it’s never too on the nose. It’s both star and accessory to the actors and actresses, stars in their own right.

Many of the cast get to shine. Zach Galifianakis  get the opportunity to show great range in a dramatic turn like we’ve never seen from him before even if it’s tinted with humour, it comes about organically. Emma Stone does well with her role and sinks her teeth in, you buy her character. Andrea Riseborough gives an equally great performance. The story is centered on characters, and these characters are memorable and watchable,  you want to spend more time with her.

The film’s theme is simple- It’s blockbuster versus indie movie, the silver screen versus theatre, actor  versus celebrity. Riggan is a real actor who happens to be a celebrity after starring in a wildly popular comic movie triology. He walked away from Birdman 4 in attempt to step out of the shadow of the blockbuster ever since in a pursuit for more artistic endeavours to prove he isn’t just a celebrity but an actor.

What follows is a brilliant film about actors, actresses,  directors, the work-life balance of these artists and everything in-between. 

Bird🐦 👨 Man is incredibly enjoyable, rewatchable and no doubt an instant classic that has set new directorial precedents. This film arrives when the comic book movie has hit it’s stride with actors and actresses (some with a few acting awards 🎭 🏆) hoping to get a call 📞 from a Comic Book Studio to be part of a growing cinematic universe…perhaps a professional compromise has arisen? Perhaps you can have both-great dramatic acting roles to sate hungry casts and blockbusters to satisfy action movie buffs.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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