Movie Review: Birdman

Michael Keaton gives the performance of a lifetime in "Birdman"

Michael Keaton gives the performance of a lifetime in “Birdman”

Nominated for 9 Oscars including Best Picture, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) reminds us why movies are made. People want to see something new, something rather out of the ordinary, and something that will be talked about for many years. Director Alejandro González Iñárritu and cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki (Children of Men, Gravity) make a technically ambitious movie using various film and editing techniques to make it look like it’s shot in one continuous take (similar to Alfred Hitchcock’s Rope). Michael Keaton is brilliant as Riggan Thomson, a washed-up actor who used to play an iconic superhero called “Birdman” trying to make it big on Broadway by writing, directing and starring in a play based on a short story by Raymond Carver. Days leading up to opening day, he fights for his career, ego, and most importantly, himself. The scene where he holds a grudge on a New York Times theatre critic who is going to give his play a negative review before opening day proves that his performance might win the Oscar. Leading an all-star cast including Emma Stone, Edward Norton, Naomi Watts, and Zach Galafianakis, this is a movie that is funny, satirical, strange, philosophical, and moving.