Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu
Producer: Alejandro G. Iñárritu, John Lesher, Arnon Milchan,James W. Skotchdopole
Cast: Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts
Plot: An actor whose major claim to fame was being in a super hero show tries to revive his career by acting in a Broadway play.
The opening scene of Birdman finds Michael Keaton in his underwear sitting tailor fashion his back to the audience floating in mid-air. If you find that rather surreal welcome to this entire film.
Let me blunt, I hate this film and frankly I can’t believe it won as many Oscars as it did. Yes, Keaton was great in this film, he did some of the best acting I have seen. In the movie Keaton hears the voice of Birdman, soars out of a windows and off a roof, causes items to move with his mind. All this while he is trying to direct the play he has written.
And all around him (Keaton) the play seems to be falling apart no matter what he tries to do to bandage it. Another member of the cast (Edward Norton) is doing his best to upstaging him. Onstage and backstage various sexual liaisons are taking place, and a critic is out to shut down the play on the first outing.
This hodgepodge of scenes is incoherent unless you’re heavily medicated. Since that isn’t the case this week my advice is to skip this film and if you really want to watch a great Michael Keaton film I suggest the 1988 film Clean and Sober.
I give this film zero stars.