Movie of the year? It might be all over already. Birdman, Alejandro González Iñárritu’s fantasy comedy drama starring Michael Keaton as a washed-up actor trying to leave his superhero past behind, caused a huge stir in June with its first trailer. But the new, extended one makes the film – released in the States in October – look even weirder and better.
Now we see more of the fallout as Keaton’s character, Riggan Thomson, fails to erase memories of his defining character by putting on a Broadway play, before losing it completely and… well, it’s still not clear what happens then, but it involves fire, flying, running through Times Square in underpants and a lot of Charlie Kaufman-esque mindsplosions. Plus a lot of swearing, so be careful with that.
Emma Stone, Andrea Riseborough, Edward Norton, Zach Galifianakis, Naomi Watts and Merritt Wever are among the co-stars in a movie that, rumour has it, will appear in the finished version to be one long take à la Hitchcock’s Rope. How in hell that will work is, like almost everything else about this amazing-looking film, a mystery.