I liked it.
That could be it – a very short review.
No, wait – there’s more!
Here’s the outline of the film to orient you if you have not heard of the film:
Birdman, commonly referred to as Birdman, is a 2014 American black comedy-drama film co-written, co-produced, and directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu. It stars Michael Keaton with a supporting cast of Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone and Naomi Watts.
The story follows protagonist Riggan Thomson, a faded Hollywood actor famous for his role as superhero Birdman, as he struggles to stage a Broadway adaptation of a short story by Raymond Carver, ‘What We Talk About When We Talk About Love’.
I read the reviews and I saw a clip from the film, and knew that I wanted to see it at some point because I think Michael Keaton is a good actor.
He was ill-suited to play Batman because Batman wears a mask that covers half of his face, leaving just the lips and chin showing.
And Micheal Keation has cutie-bow pout lips, which don’t sit well with the image of the chisel-jawed Batman.
That aside, he is a good actor and shows a wide range of emotions. He comes across as being able to laugh at himself and yet he can be serious and doesn’t treat life as a joke.
Well that’s how he comes across. As to what he is as a person, who knows? After all, he is an actor.
And that issue was central to the film.
It was annoying also. If it had gone on for three more hours, it would have hurt. The continuous single shot would have hurt – but what would really have hurt would have been the claustrophobia of the characters.
The only real relief comes in two brief scenes. Are they ‘scenes’ when everything is in one panning shot? That said, the scenes were firstly Edward Norton happy with Riggan’s daughter at the side of the stage.
I wondered whether seeing that was part of what made Riggan act as he did in the next Act of the play?
The other relief was when Riggan’s daughter rested her head on her father’s chest.
Two tiny sparks of simple warmth in a mess of people with self-aware brains exploding over each other.