|Posted by john Donnelly on January 12, 2015 at 9:10 AM|
Birdman was a great movie, good cast, unusual story, some great special effects, worth watching
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) is a 2014 American black comedy film co-written, produced, and directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu. It stars Michael Keaton with Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone, and Naomi Watts. Keaton plays a faded Hollywood actor famous for his superhero role struggling to mount a Broadway adaptation of a Raymond Carver story.
Birdman was the opening film of the 71st Venice International Film Festival, where it premiered on August 27, 2014 in competition for the Golden Lion. It received a limited theatrical release in the United States on October 17, 2014 and a wide release on November 14, distributed by Fox Searchlight Pictures.
Birdman received critical acclaim, and was named one of the best films of 2014 by organizations including the AFI and the National Board of Review. It was nominated for seven Golden Globe Awards at the 72nd ceremony, including Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, Best Director, Best Score and won for Best Screenplay. Keaton won Best Actor, while Norton and Stone were nominated for Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress respectively at both the Golden Globe Awards and the 21st Screen Actors Guild Awards, where the cast is also nominated for Outstanding Cast in a Motion Picture.wiki
Riggan Thomson (Keaton) is a washed-up Hollywood actor famous for playing the superhero Birdman in blockbuster movies decades earlier. Riggan is tormented by the voice of Birdman, who criticizes him. Riggan imagines himself performing feats of levitation and telekinesis.
Riggan hopes to reinvent his failing career by writing, directing, and starring in a Broadway adaptation of Raymond Carver's short story "What We Talk About When We Talk About Love". The play is produced by Riggan's best friend and lawyer Jake (Galifianakis), and also stars Riggan's girlfriend Laura (Riseborough) and first-time Broadway actress Lesley (Watts). Riggan's daughter Sam (Stone), a recovering addict, serves as his assistant.
During rehearsals, a light falls onto an actor Riggan does not like; Riggan tells Jake he caused the light to fall so he could replace him. Riggan casts the brilliant but volatile method actor Mike (Norton). During a preview, Riggan performs the final scene from the play, in which his character laments "not existing" and shoots himself. Afterwards, Mike tells Riggan he needs to find a more realistic prop gun.
Riggan reads early reviews and is incensed that Mike has stolen the attention. When Riggan catches Sam using pot, they get into an argument and she tells him that he does not matter. Backstage during another preview, Riggan discovers that Sam and Mike are lovers. He accidentally locks himself out of the theater and has to walk in his underwear through a busy Times Square in order to get back inside the theater. Afterwards, he runs into influential critic Tabitha Dickinson, who tells him she hates Hollywood celebrities who pretend to be actors, and promises she will "kill" his play with a negative review. The next day, the hungover Riggan hallucinates a conversation with Birdman, flying through New York City.
On opening night, Riggan uses a real gun for the final scene, and shoots his nose off on stage. He earns a standing ovation from all but Tabitha, who leaves during the applause. In the hospital, Jake tells Riggan that Tabitha gave the play a rave review. After Sam visits Riggan in his room, Riggan climbs onto the window ledge. When Sam returns, he is gone. She looks down at the street, then the sky, and smiles.