Flash Movie Review: Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Eventually over time all bright objects lose some of their glow. As bright as a high noon sun can be, time’s strength with its constant pull draws out the shadows that were tucked away, freeing them to dance across the landscape of one’s life. A smooth taut face will turn and appear like the flapping jowls of a bounding Shar-Pei dog or a centuries old ravaged canyon. Besides youth not staying long in a person’s life, one’s accomplishments can diminish as future generations with their energy and determination restructure the environment. Within some aspects of my life I am familiar with the fading light of a past moment or if you will a past glory. When I was much younger and taught up to 20 aerobic classes a week, I felt I was on top of the world. With each movement choreographed for all the main muscle groups of the body, beside to each beat of selected songs; I felt I was walking onto a Broadway stage for every class. Having upwards of 50 members in a class, working out truly felt like a high energy theatrical production. At this stage of my life I know I could never keep up with my younger self (though I keep trying) and I am okay with it. I do my best not to judge anyone; but in regards to various celebrities, when I see them trying to perform the same way they did in a movie they starred in 15-20 years ago I have to wonder what motivates them.    DECLINING fame was a hard fact to swallow for action movie star Riggan Thomson, played by Michael Keaton (Batman franchise, White Noise). Trying to recapture the spotlight once again; Riggan was launching a staged production that he wrote, directed and planned on starring in. He would have to deal with past events as he sorted through his true feelings. A film festival winner, this surreal comedic drama was outstanding on every level. The cast which also included Emma Stone (The Amazing Spider-Man franchise, Magic in the Moonlight) as Sam, Edward Norton (The Illusionist, Fight Club) as Mike and Zach Galifianakis (Due Date, The Hangover franchise) as Jake were all amazing to watch as they handled all the twists and turns the script threw at them. From writer and director Alejandro Gonzalez (Babel, 21 Grams), the story dealt with real feelings and fears even when scenes took on a fantasy nature. Having Michael Keaton star in this movie was brilliant casting since in some circles people have said his best work was during the Batman films. I thought he was incredible in this role. In fact, I expect there will be multiple acting nominations for this film during next year’s Oscar race. Original, thought-provoking, stimulating; this movie was a glorious example for the beauty of filmmaking while showing the downfalls of yearning for one’s past glories.

 

4 stars

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About moviejoltz

From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on October 30, 2014, in Dramedy and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.

  1. A truly captivating review!

  2. Oooh I like Micheal Keaton. This will go on my list, thanks for the review!

  3. Have seen previews – but wasn’t sure if I wanted to go – I will now. Thanks so much and have a Happy Halloween weekend!! 🙂

    • I’m so glad you will go see this film when you can. You have to let me know afterwards. And what I tell my classes I will tell to you this Halloween: Eat without guilt, tomorrow is a new day.

  4. Caught it yesterday. A major award contender. Beautifully acted, directed, and shot (some great mise en scene, i.e. moving visual composition). Loved the counterpoint between an insecure film actor who needs public acclaim to believe in himself (Keaton) and a narcissistic stage actor (Norton) who is all he needs (as in his own god). Self-obsession takes many forms.

    • I am so glad you were able to experience this amazing film. Thank you for your wonderful and insightful comments, I truly appreciate you taking the time to share them with us.

  5. Another one added to my list – thanks to you!

  6. It also brings to mind the 3 Doors Down song “Kryptonite”.

  7. I’ve just seen this film and absolutely loved it. The subtlety of the way it moved between the real and the surreal, making such a perfect point about the fragility of the ego as soon as someone is caught up in the hype of the modern acting world- I can’t praise it enough, Thank god for a director who credits us with some intelligence.
    And thanks for the like.

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