Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

October 20, 2014

Michael Keaton in BIRDMAN OR (THE UNEXPECTED VIRTUE OF IGNORANCE).

Directed by: Alejandro González Iñárritu

Written by: Alexander Dinelaris, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Armando Bo, Armando Bo

Cast: Michael Keaton, Emma Stone, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Naomi Watts, Amy Ryan

Rating: R

Running Time: 119 minutes

Anchored by a superb performance from Michael Keaton and bravado direction by Alejandro González Iñárritu, BIRDMAN is a whirlwind of digitally connected long takes about a washed-up commercial film actor, Riggan Thomson (Keaton), trying to regain relevance by opening a play on Broadway that he adapts, directs, and stars. But Keaton and Iñárritu aren’t the only ones doing the heavy lifting, Edward Norton is wonderful as a smug and arrogant Broadway actor and Emma Stone, who plays Keaton’s wide-eyed, drug rehabbed daughter, is also great. There is a lot to like about this film, but there is a lot more to love.

Grade: A+

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