Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014)


On January 2015, this was on the portuguese cinemas and I decided to watch it after being intrigued by its premise (it wasn’t my first choice, though, as I initially thought of seeing something else. But I ended up watching the movie I’m going to give an opinion as the first one wouldn’t be in the cinema that’s nearest to me). Talking about the 2014 movie “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”, made by Fox Searchlight Pictures, Regency Enterprises and Worldview Entertainment, directed by Alejandro G. Iñárritu and starring Michael Keaton in the leading role of Riggan Thomson

For starters, you can read more about the movie that recently won the Academy Award for Best Movie in here:

As for the opinion regarding the movie:

I first saw the movie months ago in a cinema near me with my mother, my brother and my brother’s girlfriend and while my family wasn’t really digin’ it (they thought it was quite tiresome to watch. When I told them months later that it won the Oscar for Best Picture, they were suprised), I was mesmerized by the overall package

As someone that likes the art of acting, I understood the main character (Riggan)‘s attempt at reinventing himself as an actor, trying to prove everyone he can be more (+ writer and director) than just being famous for playing a superhero (Birdman, who still echoes in his own mind throughout the movie) – eventhough he’d face several obstacles in order to obtain that achievement, not to mention the fact that he also has to deal with his own personal problems

In a way, let’s just say the main story flows pretty well with the secondary plots: Riggan‘s difficult relationship with his formerly drug-addict daughter Sam, Sam‘s special relationship with Mike, the making of the play, theatre critic Tabitha‘s presence with some supposed threat flair in “killing” the play with her review (something that didn’t happen  and the) and the enigmatic ending are some of the other wonderful highlights that could be found in this movie

Without a doubt, Michael Keaton‘s finest hour by playing the role of sucha a faded and yet determined person as Riggan was (and this coming from a coincidence in one aspect: he had actually played Bruce Wayne/Batman in the first two movies of the titular character’s first big budget movie saga back in 1989 and 1992, made by Tim Burton)

But he couldn’t have done it without the help of a tremendous cast – big kudos to Emma Stone for her carefully intense portrayal of Sam, Edward Norton as famed actor Mike Shiner, Zach Galifianakis giving a subtle ironic comedy touch with his character Jake, and scottish actress Lindsay Duncan for her performance as tenacious theatre critic Tabitha Dickinson

Gotta love the improvised music Antonio Sánchez: so electrifying and tempestuous. And finally, kudos to Alejandro G. Iñárritu who masterfully directed the movie and brought in the philosophical move it deserved

All in all, a movie about acting that I’d reccomend to those who either like a thoughtful and topical drama or who likes the acting world

Last, but not least – one of the movie’s trailers:

Thank you,

LAboy 456
(Rui Craveiro)


Posted on 24 de September de 2015, in Cinema. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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