Birdman or (the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance – 2014
I can’t remember how I first got in contact with Birdman. I guess it was some of my friends that recommended it for me. Anyway, I watched it the other day and was blown away for many aspects of it. First of all the pace is very high. It starts right away and at first you don’t have a clue what the hell this is.
The story is as complicated as it is simple. We follow the development and rehearsals of a play. At the same time we follow the internal fights of the actor and the director. At time there’s really no way of knowing which of these storylines we are following for the moment. It could be either one or both at ones. As if that wasn’t odd and strange enough Michael Keatons character also hear a voice in his head. I’m not sure where it come from but I think it’s the voice of a character he ones played on the big screen. A Character that keeps haunting him as the only part he’s known for.
The leading parts are played by great actors! Or what do you say about Michael Keaton, Naomi Watts, Edward Norton, Emma Stone and Zach Galifianakis. Well, they don’t have big parts but are very important for the plot. I might even have missed someone as I often have a difficult time connecting faces to names. But the bottom line is the Birdman is an intense movie. It’s a movie about love and a movie about self-esteem I would say. With that said there’s most definite a point made by Birdman. Who are we and why are we loved? Do we deserve it or are we all worth contempt?
I’ve only seen this once but I bet that Birdman is the kind of movie where you find new things every time you watch it! This is a highly recommended movie that keeps you thinking after it’s ended.