Hello fellow moviegoers!
Birdman or The Unexpected Value of Ignorance stars Michael Keaton, Edward Norton, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts, and Zach Galifianakis. It is the story of Riggan (Keaton) who is an actor that used to play a very popular superhero named Birdman. After he decided to stop being Birdman in 1992 and start focusing on actual acting, his career really hit a downwards slope. Now he is trying to piece together this Broadway production that is having all sorts of problems. This film is being praised by everyone and their dog, but is it worth seeing?
Birdman is undeniably one of the best films of the year. This film is a great perspective at so many things. Acting, family, addiction, critics, depression, and so many more. The story of this film is so enveloping that you legitimately feel like you are there with these characters and that you are a part of this story. Part of the reasoning for that is that this movie is filmed to make it look like it is all one shot. Which is really difficult to pull off. But, they did it, and they did it well. There are times where I have no idea where the cuts are even at. Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu did a magnificent job directing this movie. Not only could he pull of the whole one-shot filming style, but the performances he was able to get out of his actors were mind-boggling.
All of the acting in this movie is fantastic. Michael Keaton did such a great job, and you have to wonder how much of his acting in this movie is channeled from personal experience? I would predict that he is going to win the Academy Award for Best Lead Actor this year. He was great. Everyone else in the movie was also great. Emma Stone gave one of the best performances of her career. Edward Norton did a great job pulling of this actor who feels like he's only acting when he's not on stage or in front of a camera, and he can kind of be a jerk at times. One of the best parts was definitely Zach Galifianakis's performance. To see this guy who is almost always a comedic actor pull of this dramatic role and do it so well is awesome! I cannot praise this cast enough!
Towards the end I did feel like the movie dragged a little bit though. I thought the movie was about to end at one point, then it didn't. Then I thought it would at another point, then it didn't. Then when it finally did end, the way it ended was pretty well done, so I can't complain too much.
So overall, this is definitely one of the best movies of the year. I don't think it is going to win Best Picture, because of how good Boyhood was, but if it does I will definitely be a happy camper. The acting was amazing, the whole one-shot film style was very interesting, and this is a movie you need to see, especially if you work (or want to work) in the film industry.
This film was so amazing! Definitely a must see for everybody! What did you think of Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance? Do you think it could win Best Picture? Could Michael Keaton or Edward Norton win one of their acting awards? Let me know by commenting on this post!
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