Birdman or ( The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance) Review

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People, they love blood. They love action. Not this talky, depressing, philosophical bullshit – Birdman

Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu’s dramedy Birdman is about Riggan Thomson (Micheal Keaton) a washed up actor who was famous for playing the superhero Birdman but now is staging a Brodway adaptation of a Raymond Carver short story. But after an actor is injured during the rehearsals of the play, Riggan brings in Mike Shiner (Edward Norton) as his replacement, a method actor who thinks he owns the play. The film also focuses on Riggan’s drug addicted daughter Sam (Emma Stone) ,the play’s producer Brandon (Zach Galifianakis) and also on the supporting actors of the play Lesley (Naomi Watts), Laura (Andrea Riseborough), Clara (Natalie Gold) and also on Riggan’s ex-wife Griffin (Amy Ryan).

The acting is brilliant. It is undoubtedly Micheal Keaton’s best performance up to date. He shines in this role. Edward Norton is one of my favourite actors and you will know why if you watch this movie. Edward Norton is just sublime in this role and this is his 3rd best performance up to date ( Primal Fear and Fight Club being 1st and 2nd respectively). Emma Stone is amazeballs in her roles. She is imposing in her role and her acting is surprisingly at par with that of Keaton’s and Norton’s. Naomi Watts and Zach Galifianakis are brilliant in their roles but I give special credit to Amy Ryan for her brilliant performance in the movie. She was treat even though her part was so small.

The one-shot direction of the movie was an experience in itself. Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu has done an awesome job on this movie. He rightfully got that Oscar. He brings the art back into the movies and I just love the direction.

The characters in this movie are the most intriguing. They have all got an other side that none of them want to admit especially Mike who believes he is THE ACTOR and that he doesn’t care about popularity but in the scene in which Mike and Riggan fight, Mike shouts out that his hard-on video has got 5000 hits on Youtube. It is just like real life when we have a side of ourselves that we don’t want others to know about.

The scenes are thought-provoking and the movie has its take on everything that encompasses human life. The movie deals with pride, downfall, alcoholism, drug-addiction, tech-savvy generation and everything else. The best scene of the movie was the one in which Riggan just bursts out on a film critic and just points out how critics just label everything and go about finding faults rather than looking at the good aspects. The movie is filled in with pop-culture references that makes the movie entertaining. The movie balances the entertainment and philosophy so sublimely that it becomes one hell of a watch. The movie benefits a lot from the layered screenplay.

The technical aspects of the movie are stunning. The cinematography, sound mixing, the score, sound-mixing, everything is brilliant. The movie makes you feel and think and is one of the few movies that I have watched that are both intelligent and entertaining. The ending of the movie is an enigma in itself and that just adds to the awesomeness of this flick.

The only fault that I did find in this movie is the huge amount of unnecessary profanity. I just don’t understand why the film makers these days add so huge amounts of profanity in their movies. Just because the movie is going to get R-rated doesn’t mean you can just capitalize on the fact and add a lot of profanity. The movie could have done away with the profanity and I surely would have loved it more.

Birdman did win a lot of undeserving Oscars such as Best Picture which should have gone to Boyhood, Best Cinematography which should have gone to Dick Pope, Best Original Screenplay which should have gone to Dan Gilroy but if you can just forget the Oscars and just look at it as a movie, then Birdman is undoubtedly a riveting watch.

Rating:9/10

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