A fading actor (Michael Keaton) best known for his portrayal of a popular superhero attempts to mount a comeback by appearing in a Broadway play. As opening night approaches, his attempts to become more altruistic, rebuild his career, and reconnect with friends and family prove more difficult than expected. Lindsay Duncan.
Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu
Cast: Michael Keaton, Lindsay Duncan, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough, Emma Stone
Release Date: Oct 17, 2014
Rated: R for brief Violence, Some Sexual Content and Language Throughout
Runtime: 1 hr. 59 min.
Genres: Comedy, Drama
Birdman is a dizzying powerhouse of a film that’s showcases it’s cast and director on multiple levels. Alejandro González Iñárritu has crafted a fascinating dissection of fame and celebrity culture through the guise of a mental breakdown. Michael Keaton’s soul baring performance is simply amazing. It’s an unglamorous performance which shows every inch of age on Keaton’s face while showcasing his impressive talent. Aided by excellent supporting turns by Edward Norton and Emma Stone, Birdman maintains an impressive energy throughout as it builds to its crescendo. There’s nary a moment when the film drags and it’s at it’s best when Norton and Keaton share the screen together since you can tell they are both having a blast while putting on some impressive performances. If there’s a small drawback it’s the film does reek of self importance even smugness at some points. That being said, Birdman is the type of prestige film that should hold up well upon repeat viewing thanks to some wonderfully crafted filmmaking and acting.