Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (2014)

114min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
The late-midlife crisis of a fading Hollywood star is the basis of this surprisingly profound and extraordinarily kinetic satire about life and success in the age of social media. Michael Keaton stars as Riggan Thomson, an actor who found fame in the 1990s with a trilogy of superhero films based around the title character. When the film starts, Thomson is about to debut his first play as writer, producer, director and star, a piece adapted from Raymond Carver's short stories. But as woes pile on in the lead-up to opening night (money is tight, publicity is non-existent, a key player gets KO'd) Thomson begins to hear the persuasive voice of his one-time alter ego. The Birdman conceit is a good excuse for some great effects, but where Babel director Alejandro González Iñárritu really excels is in delivering an excellent drama about a man on the edge. Perhaps his best decision was to cast Keaton (Hollywood's pre-Christian Bale Batman), who is outstanding as the lead, and Edward Norton, superb as his nemesis, the Method actor from hell.

Summary

A faded movie star famous for his role in a series of superhero movies 20 years previously tries to reclaim his artistic integrity by directing and starring in a Broadway play. The experience plunges him into a personal crisis as both the production and his own family are beset by a series of disasters. Oscar-winning drama, starring Michael Keaton, Edward Norton and Emma Stone.

Cast & Crew

Riggan Thomson Michael Keaton
Mike Edward Norton
Sam Emma Stone
Jake Zach Galifianakis
Lesley Naomi Watts
Laura Andrea Riseborough
Sylvia Amy Ryan
Tabitha Lindsay Duncan
Director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: 20th Century FoxGuidance: SwearingAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 2 Jan 2015
Drama