A washed-up actor known for his role as an iconic superhero
attempts to rejuvenate his career with a Broadway play.
Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu
Written by Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Armando Bo
Starring Michael Keaton, Emma Stone, Edward Norton,
Zach Galifianakis, Naomi Watts, Amy Ryan, Lindsay Duncan
Oscar Wins - Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography
Oscar Nominations - Best Actor (Michael Keaton), Best Supporting Actor (Edward Norton), Best Supporting Actress (Emma Stone),
Best Sound Mixing, Best Sound Editing
Birdman was a definite hit that pulled on the heartstrings while simultaneously smacking the funny bone. The story actually seems to replicate Michael Keaton's actual career, considering he's most well-known for his portrayal of Batman in the late 80's, early 90's and never again reached the level of superstar after turning down a third installment. Luckily, the character of Riggan Thomson is not who he became.
This film is clearly a performance piece, with everybody turning in fantastic performances. Michael Keaton of course steals the show, showing a washed-up actor with the tiniest glimmer of hope. Edward Norton basically played an even further douched-up version of himself, but remained stellar and turned in one of his best performances since Fight Club. Emma Stone and Zach Galifianakis stood out with rare dramatic turns that were out of their wheelhouse. Basically, this film shines with its amazing and enjoyable performances, and that alone will definitely earn this film much-deserved attention.
Birdman was a great movie that knew how to pull at your heartstrings and make you laugh. Sometimes, both of those at once. Michael Keaton gives his best performance to date in a role that almost creepily mirrors his actual career. At least, unlike the character he portrays, Keaton didn't become washed up after turning down Batman the third time.
This film tells a story of a washed up actor, mainly known for his role as an iconic superhero, trying to rejuvenate his career using a Broadway play. Of course, this leads to scenes both dramatic and hysterical. To go with the madcap proceedings is a cast fully committed to their roles. As stated above, Michael Keaton steals the show from everyone and gives, quite possibly, the performance of his career. He creates sympathy for someone who is merely trying to be known for something else besides a superhero role. Edward Norton is also stellar in a role that seems like a more extreme version of his real life persona. Regardless, this is now one of my more favorite performances from him. Emma Stone and Zach Galifianakis also do excellent in more dramatic roles, something they're not typically known for.
Birdman is an excellent film that rises above the pack with its committed cast and excellent camerawork. Seriously, the fact that the whole film seems like one continuous take is impressive and looks amazing. Birdman is an excellent satire on the industry, made all the more fitting with the recent trend of superhero films constantly coming out in theaters.