Riggan Thomas, once known quite well to movie theater goers as an iconic super hero called “The Birdman” had recently turned down a fourth installment of the franchise. Now washed up, he attempts to reinvent himself as a director by staging a new adaptation of a Raymond Carver short story called “What We Talk About When We Talk About Love”. The events leading up to the Saturday night premiere prove to be one disaster after another as the original lead actor is injured while on set and Riggan scrambles to find a replacement, but the replacement proves to be exactly who he needs – a method actor who takes the job way too seriously. But Riggan has a hard time juggling between the set, his replacement actor, his equally washed up daughter, and a host of other disasters that prevent a proper staging of the play. Meanwhile, a New York Times critic who Riggan has to woo threatens to shut down production of the play before it even starts with a scathing review of the opening night performance…
-Written by halo1k
Sometime last year I saw the trailer for Birdman and by the trailer alone I knew this wasn’t going to be your average “sit yo ass down and watch me” type of film, this was going to be one of those films where you either understand it and love it or hate it, or you don’t understand it so you hate it, that’s the kind of films I love to watch so naturally I was excited to see it, not to mention it had a great cast!
So I watched it and I personally loved it, it really is an unusual film and defo not a film to just sit down and watch with your brain switched off.
Birdman or the unexpected virtue of ignorance (which is the full title of the film) is filled with metaphors, dark humour and awesome acting. Now something to note is I have a background in performing arts and theatre which could be another reason why I found this film soo good because it was basically like one big play.
Michael Keaton is great (it was good to see him back on the big screen as the lead), Zach Galifianakis is funny as usual, Edward Norton for me stole the show though, from his first few second on screen he just leaked pure awesomeness!
Rumour has it Edward Norton is a high maintenance actor and not a lot of actors or directors like to work with him because he likes everything to be perfect, from challenging the directors to arguing with his fellow actors on whether their acting is believable or not, this is exactly his character in Birdman which is something I found funny. Whether or not the rumours are true is a different story.
Another thing that is unusual and different about this film is the way its shot, there aren’t any (that I can remember) cuts, as in cutting from one shot to another, instead the camera actually moves as if you are witnessing everything your seeing in the film first hand, By the end of it the entire film looks as if it was shot in one continuous shot.
Here’s a bit of trivia about Birman which you might find interesting;
- Birdman was shot in less than a month
- This film is edited to look like one continuous shot
- Edward Norton and Zach Galifianakis are actually fans of Michael Keaton
- This is the first leading role for Michael Keaton in six years
What can I say about Birman, I loved it but you might watch it and think its garbage, but I would say check it out and see for yourself.
By Fiaz Ali