Birdman | Movie Review 30 Jan 2015   330


Cast: Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts
Direction: Alejandro González Iñárritu
Genre: Comedy
Duration: 2 hours 2 minutes

Critics Review

Times of India:

It’s a riveting portrayal of a fading superhero star who is used as a prop to understand the workings of prestige, power games and how fame’s intoxication can soon wear out into futility and redundancy. Michael Keaton brings palpability to this tailor-made role, in which he seems to mirror his prior experience of playing Batman in two successful stints, only to bow out of it over artistic principles.
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Michael Keaton played Batman in the early 90’s. He became a household name and pretty much every kid, this writer included, became a big fan of his. The sequel to Batman, also directed by Tim Burton came out a couple of years later and Keaton cemented himself in pop culture. He along with Burton had created a whole generation of superhero geeks and a superhero market in Hollywood. People forgot about the Superman movies – ‘Batman’ became the in thing.
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NDTV Movies:

With an alternate title, The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance, which appears in the movie’s opening credits; Birdman is an intense, tantalising and tragic dramedy. It stands out as a unique film that spurs your mental quotient and it has an uncanny resemblance to the premise of the Hindi film, Ankhon Dekhi directed by Rajat Kapoor. Both films are an art house exploration of imperfect people struggling to navigate their lives.
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There’s a real joy that comes from watching a smart film from listening to crackling dialogue delivered by terrific actors who’re at the top of their game. Birdman, co-written and directed by Alejandro González Iñáritu, is easily one of the smartest films you’ll see.
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The Indian Express:

What do we talk about when we talk about movie stars? Likely, not Raymond Carver. But that’s the beauty of the latest film by director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu that frames Hollywood vs theatre, age vs youth, fame vs memory, and hope vs dream within the author’s short story, What Do We Talk About When We Talk About Love, on the meaning of love.
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What do we talk about when we talk about Birdman? It’s hard to know where to begin, for this is a film that makes us gasp, a breathless, rapturous, stream-of-consciousness fever dream, a film which unfolds dizzyingly and dramatically and takes us on a journey that, while a deeply personal journey for a character, holds so much for each of us to take back and so much to seduce us, to suck us in,
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