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Emmanuel Lubezki. This man is a god of modern day cinematography. Lubezki has outdone himself again after his (stunning) work on last year's "Gravity" (which won him an Oscar as well as dozens of other awards) and 2006's fantastically shot "Children of Men". Throughout the entire main story of Birdman, the camera. Never. Cuts. Or so it appears that way, thanks to ingenious strokes of editing mastery. Films have attempted long shots in the past, one of the most famous being the tracking shot from Scorsese's "Goodfellas". Imagine a shot done just as well, if not better, and with so many intricacies but throughout the entire film. It's jaw-dropping. It makes everything seem so real and focused, and, as a result of this, exhausting to watch. It thrusts the audience into the picture; we are living and breathing in the movie along with the characters. This is a fare feat in film making. It's been done, sure, but not in this way. Not in a way so clever and genius yet simple and subtle.
Alejandro González Iñárritu brings more complexity but seemingly simplistic talent to Birdman with his excellent direction. He knows exactly what needs to be done, how it needs to be done, and when it needs to be done.Read more ›
Set in the heart of New York City, it focuses on Riggan Thomson (Michael Keaton), a washed-up actor who gained fame for his role as the iconic superhero Birdman. Trying to overcome his ego 12 years later, he adapts and stars in his own Broadway play hoping to reclaim his spot as an important actor. We see the ups and downs of this production along with the odd way his psyche works, his inner voice being the Birdman character.
There’s also many other facets, including the quarrels between Keaton and Edward Norton’s character (one of the main stars of the play), all equally entertaining. The writing is top-notch, serving up witty and funny moments throughout, and each member of the cast delivers a fantastic performance (my favorite being Norton). It also includes a brilliant musical score, entirely done with drums. And despite its flaws, mostly in a few goofy moments, it isn’t one to miss. The concept alone is remarkable and the execution isn’t far off, give this one a watch, it will be one of the standouts in the upcoming awards season.
Michael Keaton, in an award-worthy performance, plays Riggan Thompson, who gained world-wide fame years earlier playing a comic-book character called "Birdman." Tired of the character, he declined a 3rd sequel and his career evidently declined as well. Early in the film, he makes reference to Robert Downey, Jr. and "Ironman" to suggest a comparison. Riggan has resurfaced in New York to bring an obscure play to Broadway. He will play the lead character, but needs a new actor to replace one of the other key roles after an accident in rehearsal. Short of time, as previews are beginning, he hires the paramour of Lesley (Naomi Watts) one of the other leads. Mike (Edward Norton) is purely a stage actor and has only contempt for film actors. The other lead is Laura (Andrea Riseborough) who is having an affair with Riggan and may or may not be preggers. And Riggan may or may not be happy with all of that, but right now he has all he can handle.
This is his production, he wrote it, is directing and is starring. He's coming apart at the seams. To complicate matters further his 20-something daughter, Sam (Emma Stone) is just coming out of rehab and is on set as an assistant.Read more ›
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This is a big recommendation for all who liked/loved this Oscar winning film...but look elsewhere if a highly complex-artsy film is NOT your cup-of-tea. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Sammie
Self-indulgent Hollywood muck for the most part. Had it's moments but too few and too far between.Published 19 days ago by Dan
This was probably one of the dumbest movies I have ever seen. I will admit that I did finish the movie because I kept believing that it would somehow get better. Read morePublished 24 days ago by AceBear
This movie is about as pretentious as they get. It's the kind of movie that "cool" people brag about loving. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Tommy
Great movie. What can I say. I only saw it after I purchased it and I'll watch it again and again. Norton and Keaton are great in this.Published 1 month ago by George M.
Glad I just paid a buck to watch this. Had to fast forward through it never got better. GarbagePublished 1 month ago by Nome
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