One of the more enjoyable movies I’ve seen this year, and it’s clear the director loves it too, Birdman is about a washed up actor trying to reclaim his glory days of when he was a box office hit, but instead of making a superhero movie he try’s his hand at directing writing and staring in a play. The gimmick of the movie is a true achievement, it’s completely P.O.V, a continues shot that follows the actors at every moment, while it looks as though there is no obvious edit points some stand out more than others.
Next to the camera work my favorite thing about the movie are the performances, it’s a relatively small cast because most of the movie is spent backstage of a theatre, but Ed Norton stands out especially, he plays a self-centered almost ego maniacal actor brought on to the play at the last minute, he plays the character so well and almost a loveable dick that you don’t initially realize it until his scenes with Emma Stone how well he portrays the asshole that the character is. Without taking anything away from any of the other performances Michael Keaton, Naomi Watts and Zach Galifianakis are also stand outs, it must be noted how hard it must have been to act in one continuous shot without cuts and edit points.
While I enjoyed the movie as a whole it is a bit sporadic in terms of message or ideal, you get the feeling that Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu has something to say about superhero movies, the theater or even the movie business in general but its never really followed through on, there is a joke about the Avengers at the beginning of the movie but it’s simply a joke with no real purpose other than poking fun at the genre. That being a small complaint I highly recommend the movie for something new and simply to discuss the ending.