Birdman. A film I was looking forward to from the moment I saw the trailer. And it lived up to expectations. The film was thrilling, exciting, and kept you interested right the way through.
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) is a film about washed-up actor who once played an iconic superhero who must overcome himself and family trouble as he mounts a Broadway play in attempts to reclaim his past glory.
Performances from leads Michael Keaton and Edward Norton were taught with emotion, especially in Keaton’s performance leading up to the final moments before the audience in the theatre where I almost cried my eyes out. Each of the roles were expertly cast and even with minor roles played my the likes of Naomi Watts, shone through. Emma Stone, who played Keaton’s daughter, also performed well but maybe not with the energy and emotion as the rest of the cast. Overall, however, each performance was strong and played their part in heightening the anticipation and strength of the story.
It’s a phenomenal film, on par with another one of my award season favourites Whiplash. Director Alejandro González Iñárritu was truly ambitious with the technical performances; the cinematography was another aspect of the film that truly astounded me. The usage of the films one continuous take was very well executed, and didn’t tire you out in it’s continuity and lack of cuts.
An interesting part, it hought, of the film was the voice inside of Riggan’s (Michael Keaton) head and the importance of Riggan’s “powers.” The reason why I found his “powers” of particular importance was whether or not they were real or imagined, and the presence of Birdman’s voice inside of Riggan’s head contributed to that. Either way, whether you think they are imagined or not, combined with his inner voice, are the source of his angst. It makes us truly think about who we are and what we tend to ignore or repress in our everyday lives.
And as a final note, if you have a chance to listen to the soundtrack, make sure you do. The drum score elevates the story, showing the versatility of the drum kit in telling a story in itself.