I saw this movie when it first came out in theaters and it proved divisive for the people among me. I loved it, but the person with me absolutely despised it. I have watched it many times since, and I was definitely happy when we watched it in a class.
My favorite part of the film has to be the writing. I thought that it was genius. The play within the film is surprisingly philosophical, and it very much related to Riggan's current experiences. The dialogue between Keaton and Norton was phenomenally written. It seemed very organic and it was extremely enjoyable. The ending is quite possibly the best ending in recent memory, leaving the interpretation to the viewer.
The movie is acclaimed for its cinematography and its acting, and deservedly so. The cinematography is extremely fluid and beautiful. Even the shots with special effects, which could have ended up looking cheesy, looked good. The cuts are very smooth, making most of it appear continuous, with the exception of some dream sequences.
Keaton's acting is phenomenal. The parallels between his life and the life of Riggan are great, making the character seem even more believable. It looks like he feels committed to this film. Edward Norton was also phenomenal. He often stole the screen during his scenes, which ended up being among my favorite. The first reading between him and Riggan has to be my favorite scene in the movie, in part due to the charisma and believability of Norton. Emma Stone and Zach Galifianakis are great in supporting roles too.
So overall, "Birdman" is a very good film. Even though I didn't think that it was the best movie of the year when it came out, it is still great, and I highly recommend it. I do understand, however, why some people will not like it.
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Big Tuna's Rating: A
How Did I Watch It?: DVD/Blu-Ray in a class.
Had I Seen It Before?: Yes.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.
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