Birdman is a rare film for a number of reasons. Chiefly, it almost can’t exist outside of the contemporary reality in which it finds itself. It’s obsession with social media makes it a great commentary on the present day, but it also limits it to the period in which it is set. This film emulates real-life in a number of way, but most of all it highlights the career of Michael Keaton as an exaggerated version of himself. Keaton plays Riggan Thomson, a washed up movie star who stages a play on Broadway despite some serious calamities. The film takes on the idea of what it means to be an actor versus a celebrity and Keaton straddles the line perfectly. This film tells a cohesive story in a completely unique way, intensifying Thomson’s struggle as one long shot, never easing up or giving the audience or him a second to breathe.
A great commentary on society and our short attention spans, this film was made at the perfect time.
Thanks to great performances, and the direction of Inarritu, this film deserves…
4.5 out of 5