This movie is edited to the format of having one continuous shot, with a few brief moments of cuts thrown in. The following film that is being reviewed today is a masterpiece of cinema. What film is this you ask? Why, it’s “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance”, a film that will blow the viewer away after watching it. There is so much to talk about this movie, it is too much to actually discuss; you just have to see it for yourself. “Birdman” is a great look at an actor’s ego being pushed to the limit, and the choices he must make to maintain it being in balance.
The story follows a washed up actor named Riggan Thomson (Michael Keaton), who rose to fame by playing a superhero named Birdman. Unfortunately, Riggan cannot let go of his past as he tries to make a comeback on Broadway. Here, Riggan must deal with the demands of actors, his production team, his family, and ultimately, himself to get back to reality.
“Birdman” is a fantastic piece of film that needs to be seen. Alejandro González Iñárritu who directed the feature, as well as co-wrote it, made this movie work with a great script and superb direction. While the music of simply drums is the only soundtrack you hear, it represents the action being taken by our character Riggan, and all the thoughts and emotions running through his head. The setting of the theater world is perfect as we have an actor trying to reclaim his fame and glory. The costumes definitely fit our characters, even Riggan who has an interesting scene where he is running around in his underwear. The cast is amazing; we have Emma Stone, Edward Norton, and Naomi Watts delivering great performances. Even Zach Galifianakis, who traditionally is not accustomed to films with the theme of repentance, gives a grand performance in a supporting role.
Yet, there are two things there are two things that make this movie really stand out. First off, Michael Keaton delivers a magnificent performance; considering he is an actor that has played a superhero before, this is totally related towards his character in the film. Keaton just nails the character of Riggan, and it is a marvel to watch. Secondly, the story goes into some very mature subjects along with the lesson of repentance. How can an actor turn away from the past, and what are the consequences that go into a mid-life crisis, are all explored in this movie’s story. There’s even a bit fantasy thrown in the mix, which gives the whole scenario a more in-depth look at how a production can take on an actor’s personality. The whole movie is a showcase on what the acting world is like, and how is can literally change a person.
In conclusion, “Birdman” is a wonderful film showcasing what extremes an actor must do in order to keep his sanity going; all through one glorious shot.