Birdman was film that came by surprise to me. I had heard about it late last year, and I didn’t know much about it. I was wondering if it had anything to do with Harvey Birdman, but not so much. Michael Keaton plays a washed-up superhero actor, and this tale actually won the Oscar for Best Picture.
Keaton portrays Riggan Thomson, an actor who’s career has been in trouble for many years. He once played a popular super-hero called Birdman. Now he wants to take on something more serious, a Broadway play. Except for his best-friend, Thomson is making the play almost by himself.
He finds many struggles while making his play. He has little hope it will be a success at times, and he has to replace an actor who got in an accident. His replacement turns out to be a disaster even though he’s popular with the theater crowd. But the thing that torments him the most is the voice of his Birdman character.
After finishing Birdman, I’m a little surprised it got the Oscar for Best Picture. It’s a great movie, but not as legendary as I had hoped. Some points in the story get quite weird, and unlike a lot of other people I didn’t like the character of Thomson’s daughter Samantha. Edward Norton really impressed me as the actor Mike Shiner. You’ve rarely see a character with so much energy and a strange ego. I thought Michael Keaton was really good as well, I can see why he was confident that he was going to win the Oscar for Best Actor. Even though he lost to Eddie Redmayne.
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I liked this movie too, although its “behind the scenes” portrayals of insecure actors and cut throat theatres was disturbing.