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Film Review: Birdman

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(The 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 subconscious.


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


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