Birdman or

2014

Action / Comedy / Drama / Romance

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Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 93%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 79%
IMDb Rating 7.7 10 483003

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Reviewed by Maximiliano Garcia Soto 10 / 10

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) - Movie review

"Birdman" is a film written and directed by Alejandro G. Iñarritu, which is in my opinion one of the best mexican directors of all time. This film is about an actor called Riggan (Michael Keaton) who is very famous for the role of a superhero called Birman that he portrayed back in 1992. But now in today's times we get to see this actor in the lowest point of his career, and during this point of his life he is involved in a theater acting in a play, and the film is about how he has to move foward this project along to get everything working.

I going to be honest here, the first time i watched this film was back in 2014, i saw this film in theaters. I was younger back then and my first reaction to this film was: I like this film, is an enjoyable watch. But yesterday my brain said to me (i don't now why): Hey Max, maybe you should watch "Birdman" again. So i watched this film again last night, and oh my god...I cannot believe that when i saw this film the first time, i said: Is a good movie. The only word that i can describe this film is a masterpiece.

This kind of films are not make as usual as some people may think, "Birdman" is a film that is very simple and so original. This entire film is just one take, i don't know how they edited this movie. I mean, there are parts of the movie where we see characters walking into dark rooms and you can say: Thats were they cut that scene - but in this film it feels unnoticeable, and it also makes you wander what is going to happen next, makes it unpredictable, and it works at second viewing. The cinematography here is amazing, Emmanuel Lubezki is a master at what he does. The performances in this film are all fantastic, Michael Keaton, Edward Norton, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts, all the performances were impeccable. This movie also features a very simple score, that is just made almost entirely with drums.

All things make "Birman" a great movie, but the thing that i'm not going to forget about his film is that it also talks about movies, blockbusters, reviews or critics, parent issues, movie roles, actors. This film is also very philosophical in that aspect and i loved it, and it was easily my favorite part of this movie.

Guys, in the end, "Birman" is a cinematic masterpiece, is a movie that to be really appreciated you have to see the little messages that are hidden beneath the surface, and if you catch them all, this movie will be unforgettable for you. See this film, is you are a film lover, this movie will blown your mind with amazing cinematography, great performances, incredible direction, and an amazing script. I love every second of this film and this film totally deserves a 10/10.

Reviewed by nsequeira-50288 2 / 10

This movie sucks.

This movie is a bad movie, plain and simple. It is one of the worst movies I have ever sat through. It's two hours of nothing. Just nothing. It pretends to be a low budget art film, even though in reality it's just a big budget money- grabber trash film from the same guy who brought you The Revenant, a two hour snuff film. This movie is for people who want to seem intellectual without actually being intellectual. It is not smart, or funny, or revolutionary. Do not watch it.

First things first- this movie has Michael Keaton. That's sad. I like Michael Keaton. He's a good actor. The original Batman is one of my all time favorite movies. So for him to be cast in a sucker like this- well, that's just beyond my comprehension. Even more than that, it makes a mockery of him- portrays him as a washed up actor. This film is garbage on so many levels.

The film opens, just like The Revenant, with some incoherent hushed whispering, then we see Michael Keaton in a room, FLOATING- and we never see him do this again, for some reason- and it's never explained or anything. Then, we have one cut, and we enter literal movie Hell. From this point on, the film becomes so boring and dull that I wanted to switch it off. But I sat through it, like a prisoner chained to a couch- and I wish I hadn't.

My main problem with the movie is that it takes place in some insane alternate universe where, instead of Batman, there's BIRDMAN- who's totally different and a lot stupider, because he wouldn't be one bit scary to criminals, which is the whole point of Batman- but the world is exactly the same in every other way. Michael Keaton is the guy who played Birdman, and he's a washed up bum who's depressed and hates his life and everything. I'd love it if he was just in a new Batman movie or something. Or, maybe, he could be in a BIRDMAN movie- like, an actual BIRDMAN movie- which would be cool- instead of this boring movie about how they're MAKING these fictional Birdman movies. Why make a movie ABOUT MAKING A MOVIE? That's insane. There can be a movie about a washed up actor- but don't tantalize us throughout with clips and shots from a movie that would actually be BETTER. I'd watch Birdman. It would be cool. I don't want to watch a fake documentary about making Birdman.

And that alternate title has five long words- which aren't related to the plot in ANY WAY- but they're added on there just to give the whole trash heap a kind of pseudo-intellectual vibe. What a faker.

Anyway, after Michael Keaton floats around for a while in his room, the camera cuts- ONE OF ONLY TWO CUTS IN THE WHOLE MOVIE- and we start following his back around, through hallways and up stairs- like some kind of labyrinth- and his head spins around, and the cameraman wobbles like he's on drugs or something- just a very unpleasant experience. It's disorienting- There should be cuts in movies. This movie was boring in part because it's just like following somebody around for a whole day and observing what they do- and that's not exciting- I'm just glad they condensed it into two hours, instead of actually recording people walking around and doing mundane things for twenty four hours. I don't need to see Michael Keaton put on his shirt, brush his teeth, watch TV for a few hours- all in real time. That would be unbearable.

Birdman is not a movie- it's more a "slice of life" type thing. But the pie which the slice comes from tastes icky. The characters are unlikable- they're all big Broadway snobs- which I'm sure the pseudo-intellectual audience can relate to- I can just IMAGINE them eating their fancy crackers- And I couldn't tell any of the characters apart, except some were women and some were men. The camera just follows Michael Keaton around, and people talk to him about acting and stuff- and I don't know who any of those people are or what the heck they're doing. The one good part about the movie is that the singular long cut speeds up during the night, when one of the characters falls asleep- it doesn't stay there for twelve hours while she sleeps- that's nice.

Michael Keaton, in one scene (This movie HAS no scenes, it IS one big long scene) just walks around a table, that's going to be used in some play, and talks with the people about how the table should be used, and stuff. then the camera keeps following him around and up places and down places and into streets and along streets, talking with people. This movie is so boring that it has virtually no plot- just a man walking around and talking with people. I'm just glad it has some dialogue, or I could just stare at a wall for two hours and see exactly the same thing.

Now, there is one good part- and this is the only good part- there is one part where Michael Keaton is walking along, like always, and he meets his alter personality, Birdman, and Birdman does cool stuff like throwing cars off roofs and there are aliens and sidewalks blow up and Birdman zooms around and does cool stuff, and people fall out of windows and stuff, but then it turns out that the whole thing was just in Michael Keaton's imagination- he was just going nuts, apparently- then he keeps walking around and talking to people, like always, and the movie becomes boring again. That one event, out of the whole movie, made me clap my hands once. It also allowed me to come out of my coma.

The ending is the worst part of it all. Michael Keaton, all depressed from having such a boring, meaningless existence, goes crazy and decides that he's a washed up actor, and he jumps out the window, because he's crazy, and he thinks he can fly or something, and he breaks every fricking bone in his body and he's assigned to the emergency room for all eternity, and his life still sucks, because he can't fly like he thought he could.

Now here's the dumbest part- at the very end, he's just lying there, and I feel genuine pity for the guy who used to be cool as Batman- not because he's all bruised up, but because he's playing a character in a stupid movie like this when he could be zooming out of the Batcave- so he's lying there, right, and THEN, because he's so stupid, he decides to jump out the window again, the freaking lunatic, and he goes up on the window, and jumps out- and then there's ONE MORE CUT (The only cut besides the one in the beginning) and his niece or daughter or somebody related to him comes in (she's only there for family interest) and we don't see if he died or if he actually flew- she just looks out the window, and then up at the sky, and smiles, and happy little music plays, and OOP! There's the credits- and we never know what the Hell happened. Did he fly, or is he dead? Is the lady smiling because he's dead? That's pretty morbid. Really, though, I bet they didn't show him flying because that would have been too expensive- and they had already shelled out a billion dollars to hire a cameraman who was willing to walk around Michael Keaton for two hours and record everything he did.

This is a sad movie. It's not funny, or dramatic, or philosophic in any way, or inventive, or action packed, and it ruins Michael Keaton for me, to think he'd sign up to be in some shlock like this. Very sad. This movie was so dull- so lifeless, so void of human emotion- that it left me wondering just what humanity had come to in the end. Do people these days go and see movies just because they THINK they're good, even if they're not good? This movie is not good. It's garbage. Thank you.

Reviewed by paul2001sw-1 6 / 10

American angst

Gonzales' Iñárritu's 'Birdman' tells the story of a once famous movie star trying to rebuild his career, and his sense of self-worth, as a theatre actor. Cue some comedy and a lot of very American angst, as the hero (and his fellow-protagognists) reveal themselves to be simulatenously needy and priveleged. My problem was that I didn't really know what I was supposed to be feeling - I certainy couldn't imagine spending any time with any of these people (or at least, I couldn't imagine enjoying it). Sometimes life is comic, sometimes life is tragic, sometimes you just have to not be so melodramatic about it, a point these protagonists don't seem to have learned. The percussive score and use of unusual camera angles both add to the intentionally unsettled mood.

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