Nominations: Best Picture, Leading Actor (Michael Keaton), Supporting Actor (Edward Norton), Supporting Actress (Emma Stone), Cinematography, Directing (Alejandro G. Iñárritu), Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, and Original Screenplay (Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. & Armando Bo)
A washed up actor, who once played an iconic superhero, battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, his career and himself in the days leading up to the opening of a Broadway play. (IMDb)
This was a really interesting watch. I will say, I think you need to be in a certain mood to watch it. But, I really enjoyed it. The continuous long takes were fascinating. There was a lot of creativity and ingenuity to make those work and flow the way they did. Michael Keaton is absolutely fantastic. You essentially watch him fall to pieces over the course of a few weeks. (Going back to the long takes, using those made weeks feel like one long day, which was a brilliant move). Edward Norton is also really interesting as a super method actor (and one wonders how much of that was acting…) and Emma Stone also does a good job as Keaton’s daughter. Overall, this is a compelling, thought provoking movie that inspires a lot of discussion, which I think was the point.
Note: Speaking of discussion, I would love to hear thoughts about this movie. Especially his powers. Was it the director using magical realism? Or was Riggan just going crazy? There’s definitely evidence to support both.