Birdman

Birdman

It is a 2014 American film directed by Alejandro G. Iñárritu. It was written by Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. and Armando Bo.   The film was shot in New York City during the spring of 2013 with a budget of $16.5 million jointly financed by Fox Searchlight Pictures, New Regency Pictures and Worldview Entertainment.

Keaton is Riggan Thomson , a former film star whose claim to fame is having played a superhero ,Birdman.  Riggan wants to make his big comeback , and bid for credibility by writing ,directing and starring in an adaptation of Raymond Carver stories on the Broadway stage.  The protagonist’s on screen and off screen struggles whirl around at a rapid pace as the camera follows him through the narrow shabby , sets , halls and rooftops of the theater. While the Birdman trailers have positioned this film of Inarritu as counter-programming to Marvel and DC’s burgeoning cinematic universes ,the actual story is focused on more personal matters : troubled relationships ,artistic integrity, Broadway versus Hollywood.  Birdman is about a father ,husband ,lover ,business partner and actor. Birdman is basically a shadowy figure from Thomson’s past- one that ,above all else ,haunts him (as a voice to his self-loathing).

Together Inarritu and cinematographer Lubezki make ambitious use of a Broadway theater stage-employing every inch of the building to give the impression that most of Birdman was filmed in one continuous take.  Emma Stone supports Keaton as his daughter Sam, a recovering addict who wants little to do with her dispassionate father , but has little choice , being stuck with him while her mother is unable to take her in.
She’s bold and combative in a way that doesn’t feel simplistic or overzealous. Keaton gave a great performance as the main protagonist -the fact that he’d starred in Batman and Batman Returns in past added a self-reflexive touch to the film.

 

 

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