Film Review: Birdman
Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
This is a movie set in realism. It takes place in and around an old
theater in the heart of New York City and has a certain charm about it. I had
heard nothing but good things about this film and I have to say that I see why.
Birdman, in my view, is an artistic movie for artistic people; it has the ability
to make you question what is real and what is only in the main character’s
The film follows an actor, Riggan Thomson (Michael
Keaton) as he attempts to restart his flagging career, after staring as super
hero ‘Birdman’ a couple of decades before. Riggan is determined to star in a
play that he has written and is producing. He has literally put everything he
has into it; while at the same time, he attempts to patch things up with his
estranged daughter, Sam (Emma Stone), and struggles to get along with the only other
male lead, Mike Shiner (Edward Norton). He was once a very promising addition
to Riggan's play but now he only adds to the strain as the professional’s buttheads.
This movie engaged my curiosity even more than it entertained me. It's one of those movies that gets you thinking, and
continues to do so, after you have left the cinema.
The acting is very well done and the set is
realistic and mostly small, which gives you a sense of being confined.
3 ½ stars out of 5 from me, though it was good,
I found it dull at times.
So, if you like artistic films that make you
think this one is for you.
Written by R. Alan Ferguson
Posted on 12/01/2016
by Sue Cawte