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Birdman 2014 R CC

Michael Keaton heads an all-star cast in this riveting story of a former superhero film star grappling with dwindling fame, an estranged daughter, theatre critics and inner demons.

Starring:
Michael Keaton, Emma Stone
Runtime:
1 hour, 59 minutes

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Genres Drama, Comedy
Director Alejandro G. Iñárritu
Starring Michael Keaton, Emma Stone
Supporting actors Kenny Chin, Jamahl Garrison-Lowe, Zach Galifianakis, Naomi Watts, Jeremy Shamos, Andrea Riseborough, Katherine O'Sullivan, Damian Young, Keenan Shimizu, Akira Ito, Natalie Gold, Merritt Wever, Edward Norton, Michael Siberry, Clark Middleton, Amy Ryan, William Youmans, Lindsay Duncan
Studio Fox Searchlight
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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ONE. OF. THE. GREATEST. FILMS. EVER. I was shocked at first by all the one and two star ratings on Amazon for this film: and then I realized the reason was explained within the film itself!!! "The people" who gave "Birdman" a low rating are featured within a soliloquy by the Birdman himself, as he describes the blockbuster movies that the main character, actor Riggan Thompson, has abandoned in order to produce and star in a more cerebral Broadway play. "Give the people what they want... old-fashioned apocalyptic porn... You save people from their boring, miserable lives... Bones rattling! Big, loud, fast! Look at these people, at their eyes... they're sparkling. They love this sh**. They love blood. They love action. Not this talky, depressing, philosophical bull****."
So if the above quote describes the type of movie you like, you will be disappointed by Birdman. If on the other hand, you enjoy and can actually comprehend astute social observation and satire along the lines of Mark Twain, Dorothy Parker, and Tom Wolfe, you will recognize and be delighted by the absolute comic genius of this film. (Needless to say, I happen to be in the latter category.)
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Yes, it's a WEIRD film. No, the trailers didn't prepare you for what the movie really was. Even the Fresh Air interview with Michael Keaton, I realize now, was deliberately vague about the film. But in the end, it was a trip to watch. I don't think I could make it through it again, but we enjoyed it and were glad we finally saw it. A lot of negative reviews say the film was Hollywood patting itself on its back; I vehemently disagree: the plot is very loose, and, yeah, Ed Norton's character's befriending Birdman's daughter was underdeveloped and perhaps unnecessary, but I think the film was meant more to be an experience to watch rather than something to make a point.

The seamless cinematography was unlike anything I've ever seen. So much so, in fact, that it almost made it difficult to watch, but not in a bad way; as I said, it's an experience. There's *actually* no break in the filming. It's like one continuous scene for two hours. Just pulling THAT off is impressive.

To me, the only takeaway was that the film was about a guy completely falling part. The film took place during the last (few?) days before he completely lost it... and that's the point of the ending, about which other reviews have complained. The ending doesn't mean anything by itself; it's the culmination of a washed up actor's long mental decline and a last-ditch effort to self-medicate by producing a play.

And that's all there is to it: it's an astonishingly well made film about a man haunted by his past. The only backstory is what you manage to piece together after seeing it. If you do watch it, get ready for two hours enduring not looking away from the screen and enjoy it for what it is.
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A wonderful new yet familiar sort of cinema graphic experience.. Yes they have called it stream of consciousness, the ONE SHOT, etc. Those labels are miniscule and inadequate- compared to the perfectly crafted performances of the cast, the vision of the Director and the Director of Photography that tell this story with clarity and impact. It deeply injects the audience into this story to produce a personal and tangibly immersive experience. This is story telling at the highest of craftsmanship and artistry. Our immersion in the story is impeccably and perfectly executed by Master Steadicam Operator Chris Haaroff, SOC. Without Chris and his mastery of the immersive shooting style and his talents he so exquisitely displays, the film would have been a fragmented disconnected series of perhaps even improbable vignettes, instead of becoming the masterly constructed film it is. I mention Chris' name and none of the others because he is an unknown hero to the audience of this film and I feel we owe him at least a mention in my humble review. The fact the audience is so beautifully joined into the story without them noticing Chris' work, is yet again another testament to his mastery. His camerawork is invisible, as it is so natural and story driving. For instance with all the use of Mirrors in this movie we never see him....of course he is a professional.... He is certainly among the ranks of other great "Unknown" Steadicam Operators.....
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Birdman is a black comedy about actor Riggan Thomson (Michael Keaton) and his descent into Hollywood obscurity. Previously famous as the superhero Birdman, Thomson struggles to get his Broadway play off the ground.

A bit of a one-trick pony, Birdman appears as if it was shot in one, long single take. Daring or gimmicky, you decide. Personally I found it pretty fresh and something I don't believe I've seen before. At times I watched the camerawork closely to critique the transitions between scenes, and other times I just lost myself in the flow. And it flows very well.

The dialogue is rather dramatic and satirical, but that's the intention. I mean, it's Broadway. The way backstage life shown is probably not entirely accurate, but what do I know? In this particular Broadway setting, you'll run into nudity, booze, and an uncomfortable rape situation. Come to think of it, there are plenty of uncomfortable situations that are done well.

Michael Keaton is as good as I've ever seen him. While he didn't win Best Actor for this year's Oscars, the film deservedly won Best Picture. His role as a forgotten superhero is the perfect fit for him (ahem, Batman), and it's as if we're immersed in his actual life as the camera follows him around. His character is entitled, complains, and hates the idea of being forgotten.
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