PLOT: “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.”
MY THOUGHTS: Well, I know that it was nominated for several awards, and won some of them, but still, I can’t find it that awesome as the media puts it to us, on the contrary, I find it to be a normal movie, that’s all. Maybe the long shots that were been taken most of the movie are the real reason to be nominated, but Michael Keaton’s performance was one of his best performances ever in his entire career.
I believe that the movie talks about Keaton’s real life story, and how he lost his star image after he did BATAMN in the late 80’s and early 90’s, which was cool. Every since Batman, he never took any main roles and always been as a supporting actor or a guest star in the movie. I guess what Keaton is trying to tell Hollywood that he’s here and he’s good, as ever, he just need a chance to express himself. I also think that his great performance in Birdman comes from his inner struggle, desperation and being cut out from the film industry.
The movie is some how boring in some parts of it, and in some parts it’s confusing, although they tried so hard to put us in the lives of the characters, but some of the characters were there as a number and not to add anything particular to the storyline, but hey, it won prizes so I guess that gives you a reason to watch it.
Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu
Writer: Nicolás Giacobone & Alejandro G. Iñárritu
Stars: Michael Keaton, Edward Norton and Naomi Watts
Release Date: 14 November 2014 (USA)
Budget: $22,000,000 (estimated)
Birdman. I rate 7/10. Three reasons why I’m fine with the movie: 1- The best Michael Keaton’s performance ever. 2- The long shot scenes. 3- The Birdman costume is supercool.