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MOVIE REVIEW | Birdman (2014)


“People, they love blood. They love action. Not this talky, depressing, philosophical bullshit.”

It’s that time of year when Oscar style moves are coming thick and fast. There are prestige biopics, like The Theory of Everything, Selma and The Imitation Game. There’s intellectual, character stuff like Boyhood. And then there’s the token weird one. The movie that’s a little experimental and trying something different.   This year it’s also the Oscar movie I’ve been most excited about and the first one I can remember getting Oscar buzz months and months ago. This year, that weird experiment is Birdman.

Two decades ago, Riggan Thompson (Michael Keaton) was the star of a mega budget superhero franchise. After refusing to star in Birdman 4, he has slipped further and further into obscurity. Now, in an attempt to find legitimacy and reinvigorate his career, this time as a serious thespian, he’s mounting a Broadway play. A play he’s written, is starring in, is directing and producing. The day before their first preview performance, one of his cast is injured, and Riggan needs a replacement. His leading lady (Naomi Watts as Lesley) suggests her friend / sometimes lover, Mike (Edward Norton). (more…)