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Birdman

15 Feb

MV5BODAzNDMxMzAxOV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMDMxMjA4MjE@._V1_SX214_AL_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.

8/10

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.

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4 responses to “Birdman

  1. indiefan20

    February 19, 2015 at 9:52 pm

    I just saw this. I agree with you about Norton- I’m under the impression that he is a bit of a prima donna and most people do not want to work with him. Take “Primal Fear” for instance- Norton requested (maybe demanded is the better word) that his character have a stutter. The character in the novel, Aaron Stampler, did not have a speech impediment but Norton changed that. It would not be so bad that Norton modifies the script if he weren’t such a GD jerk about it. But he is amazingly talented. Have you seen “American History X?” Pure acting brilliance (on the other hand, the director hates him and wanted his name changed on the credits.)

    Michael Keaton is to some extent playing a version of himself too. He is remembered for “Batman” and not considered an actor of much consequence anymore (though, to be fair, “Birdman” might change that.) I just love Naomi Watts as an actress. That kiss scene was so awkward and cute the way she looks so petrified and then she demands, “Do it again.” Who can blame her for being bicurious with an impotent douchebag Norton as a boyfriend? He easily could have raped her in that scene if they weren’t interrupted. He sent out a very aggressive vibe.

    I love the fight scene between Keaton and Norton. The whole cast was fabulous. And whoa, what did you think of that ending?

     
    • jeleff11

      February 20, 2015 at 6:31 pm

      I actually did read an article about this movie that Norton and Keaton basically playing parodied/heightened versions of themselves, and were fully aware of this, which puts an interesting spin on the whole movie.

      And I have seen American History X, gave it an 8/10 a few years ago:
      https://jeleff11.wordpress.com/?s=american+history+x

      I think Naomi Watts was the underrated part of this movie. Yes, Keaton, Norton, and Emma Stone are fabulous and deserve their nominations. But Watts was wonderful as well.

      The ending is interesting. I was fully invested in the magical realism of the movie until the scene where he almost jumped off of the building and then he thought he was flying to the theatre but really he took a taxi. At that point, I thought “oh, he’s just losing it and having hallucinations.”

      But the ending is really intriguing. It brings back the possibility of magical realism. Or, maybe Emma Stone’s character is also starting to experience delusions/is choosing to see her father flying instead of on the ground.

      Thanks for the comment! I love discussing the ambiguity in movies.

       
      • indiefan20

        February 20, 2015 at 9:39 pm

        Have you seen “25th Hour.” Great, underrated Edward Norton drama where he plays a drug-dealer. It also features the late Philip Seymour Hoffman in a supporting role.

         
  2. jeleff11

    February 21, 2015 at 6:07 pm

    I haven’t yet actually, I’ll have to add it to the list!

     

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