Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
By Ali Tenenbaum
Things that make you go hmmm…that’s Birdman.On the surface it’s an uncomplicated and not particularly interesting story – washed up A list Hollywood actor gives it one last go by writing, directing and starring in a play on Broadway.
Film geeks have zero to complain about. Technically and stylistically it’s masterful.The director moves through the shots in an incredibly intimate and original way.We get a behind the scenes look into the seldom seen Broadway “scene”.The camera work and editing are seamless and use of lighting even more effortless and flawless.
Random moviegoers have nothing to complain about either. It’s highly entertaining, visually stunning and pretty awesome to watch with GREAT acting. Ed Norton is the best I have seen him since Primal Fear and supporting cast is also dead on. Michael Keaton is heartbreaking and funny and huge in this role of a lifetime.
Only this slightly grumpy critic could nitpick and say it’s too long, it’s a bit overdone, subject matter is thin and ending is too vague. But even I cannot deny that this behemoth of a movie is staying with me weeks after I have seen it.
It’s too much for little kids and grandma might be overwhelmed by it all.
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