Director: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
Writers: Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu, Alexander Dinelaris, Nicolas Giacobone and Armando Bo
Cast: Michael Keaton, Emma Stone, Ed Norton, Amy Ryan, Naomi Watts, Zach Galifianakis, Andrea Risenborough
Studio: 20th Century Fox
“Birdman” opens on Michael Keaton just wanting to not be in a room that smells like balls. From there, we get levitation and a former prominent superhero trying to convince him to return mainstream filmmaking. More than anything, it’s a film about failed people trying to create something relevant in the world. Emma Stone’s character realizes that no matter what she does, she’s just a dash in the grand human experience. Keaton’s character tries to fight it, but everyone in his life keeps trying to bring him down.
Michael Keaton is amazing in this film. That being said, I can easily see him getting ignored during Awards Season. While there is the superficial appeal of a man rejecting his past cinematic identity, there is so much more going on in this film. Ed Norton can’t exist outside of the stage, Andrea Risenborough just wants a degree of truth from Keaton and everyone else shares a sense of disappointment in a man they have to keep cleaning up after. It’s only when Keaton allows himself to make a mistake that the nature of his Broadway debut and his life begin to change.
While I believe the movie will find an audience in time, its goals will take time to truly absorb. “Birdman” is a film about embracing ignorance and using it to change your perspective. Whether it’s finding love, changing your view of a person or finding purpose in life. For those of you that had problems with “Babel” and “21 Grams” have oversimplifying things, then you’re going to have issues with this one. Everyone else can enjoy a hell of a performance from Michael Keaton.
RELEASE DATE: 10/31/2014 (wide) OUT NOW! (limited)