Birdman, or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance

This is a film I have been looking forward to watching for some time, there was a lot of hype around this when it came out, but I don’t always believe the hype.

But as it turned out it was stellar stuff. Michael Keaton has more than redeemed himself for some rather annoying performances in the past. One film in particular that I watched last year, a very forgettable one, had him playing a VJ that got on my nerves, perhaps that was deliberate, but after that my M. Keaton-O-meter went way down (my B. Keaton-O-meter is permanently stuck on full).

Everything about this is fabbers. The directing, the rest of the cast, the superb photography and the whole one-shot trick, the story, and the references to other actors and films was all spot on. I can’t find fault in anything really.

Well actually yes, there was one thing. The very last shot of the film was a bit too cliche and completely changed the whole meaning of the film for me. I won’t go into detail, but I thought it was a little Disney-ish. Having said that though, I do agree with this article.

But no matter, this was a brillo film.

Date watched: February 13th
Score: 10/10
Film count 2016: 29

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