By Matt Brown
Recently, I saw one of the most well done movies of the decade, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance). Birdman is about Riggan Thomson (Michael Keaton), a washed up movie star who once portrayed a classic comic book hero (sort of like how Keaton starred as Batman in 1989) that tries to restart his career by directing and starring in a Broadway show. Riggan must deal with the drama of his personal life and bring together the show’s stars including stuck up Broadway star Mike Shiner (Edward Norton), his drug addicted daughter (Emma Stone), his anxious manager (Zach Galifianakis) and the voice in his head.
Birdman had exceptional cinematography, wonderful direction, and astounding performances. The movie makes you feel like you are viewing Riggan’s life as opposed to sitting in a movie theater. Director Alejandro González Iñárritu takes you on a journey and makes you feel like you are apart of Riggan’s world. The way he directs the camera follows Riggan like you are actually following him around. The performances in the film were spectacular. Edward Norton seems to never disappoint in his films and does a great job as Mike Shiner, but the real star was Michael Keaton.
With his performance in this role, Keaton, delivers the best performance of the year. He, without a doubt, will win the Oscar. He shows Riggan’s inner and outer struggles and has the most believable performance of his career. I give Birdman a 10/10.
PHOTO: Screenshot from Birdman trailer, courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures.