Birdman – a review

In a word, over-rated. Very good. But not the best picture of 2014.

Edward Norton is excellent, as always. Convincing. Emma Stone too.

Michael Keaton is good, but was too over-the-top. Trying too hard for Best Actor. I didn’t believe in his persona. Aside from one or two quieter scenes, it looked too much like acting.

I found Boyhood a much more honest movie.

Click PLAY or watch a trailer on YouTube.

It’s an ambitious film. I liked the magic realism. And was impressed by the continuous long take hand held camera shots.

(The director did not know whether the technique would be successful however, describing it as “almost suicidal”, and faced resistance from “huge” and “important” people.)

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) is a 2014 American black comedy–drama film …

Keaton plays a faded Hollywood actor famous for his superhero role struggling to mount a Broadway adaptation of a Raymond Carver story. …

… the 87th Academy Awards, Birdman received nine nominations, joint most for the ceremony (with The Grand Budapest Hotel), including Best Picture, Best Director, and acting nominations for Keaton, Norton and Stone. Additional Oscar honors included nominations for cinematography, sound editing, sound mixing, and writing for an original screenplay. …

Birdman received widespread critical acclaim. At Rotten Tomatoes, it has a rating of 92% based on 251 reviews, with an average rating of 8.5/10. …


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Career gymnastics coach who loves the outdoors, and the internet.

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