Movie Review – Birdman by Alejandro G. Inarritu

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Original Title: Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu

Cast: Michael Keaton, Edward Norton, Emma stone, …

Date of Publication: August 2014

Length: 119 min.

Genre(s): Comedy, Drama

Last week, I finally watched this movie. And I was quite amazed. I have been waiting for this movie because of the cast. I didn’t exactly know what to expect from the plot, but it turned out that it was very good, and it was even slightly different than what I had expected.

Directing and Plot:

The directing was probably the most stunning thing about this movie. It was a one-shot take, or at least, it should seem like there was no cut at all. This strenghtened the effect of watching a staged play more, since theatre is also one topic of the movie. Somehow the way the movie was filmed, reflected the topic of the movie. The movie obviously criticized action blockbuster hollywood movies with a lot of “explosion porn”. And the movie itselt contained only one scene in which explosives were shown, but this scene was all happening in the head of the main character. I liked this parrallelism of the directing and the plot.

Acting:

I was so amazed by the acting of everyone, especially Edward Norton, since he also belongs to my favourite actors ever. His character was hilarious, and I liked his relationship with Michael Keaton’s and Emma Stone’s character. I also liked the latter both as father-daughter relationship. There was also character developping going on between them, since they were fighting a lot at the beginning about being famous and getting recognized. By the end of the movie, they finally reconciled. I also liked how Watts’ character developped, and the lesbian kising scene with her friend. That reminded me of Black Swan a little bit. Anyway, it had some similarities with Black Swan I notice. Zach Galifianakis’ role was a different one we usually see, so that was another surprise.

Favourite scenes:

I had quite a few favourite scenes. The one in which he imagines himself blowing up cars and stuff, then flying over the rooftops. And then the scenes at the theatre when Norton tries to have sex with Naomi Watts’ character on stage :’D And also the scene in which Keaton’s character has to walk around in his pants then appears at the back door of the theatre. And of course, the whole gun story. I also liked all the schizophrenic scenes of Keaton in which he talks to Birdman who is basically his movie figure alter ego. I also loved the korean man at the beginning of the movie :’D how he reacts to Birdman is hilarious.

Final review – 4/5 stars: Tolle Regie, interessantes Thema, könnte jedoch für manche etwas langatmig werden.

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