Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance is directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu and stars Michael Keaton, Zack Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Emma Stone, and Naomi Watts. The movie is about an actor, played by Keaton, who was the iconic superhero, “Birdman” in the 90s, but has now struggled to stay relevant. With that in mind Keaton’s character, named Riggan Thomas, attempts to reinvent himself by directing and starring in a Broadway play.
There have been a lot of truly marvelous pieces of film this year, but none of them have been as incredibly breathtaking as Birdman.
The work that Alejandro González Iñárritu does directing this movie is extraordinary, as I was sucked into the story from start to finish.
The camerawork and cinematography in this film are things that I have never experienced before. For the entire 119 minutes, the movie is carefully shot to appear as if it is all one continuous take, and it worked so well at making me feel as if I was with these characters the entire time, right in the action.
The acting in this movie is perfect for the entire cast. Keaton nails it as the lead character, and the character could be considered very similar to Michael Keaton the actor. Keaton was the lead role in the Batman movies in the late 80s and early 90s, as was his Birdman character, and neither have had much significant work since.
Edward Norton also is a similar character to himself, as he plays Mike Shiner, a talented actor who is extremely difficult to work with off-screen. Norton has been known to be challenging to work with as well, and maybe that is why he does such an amazing job in Birdman. Emma Stone, Zach Galifianakis, and Naomi Watts are all great in their parts, as well as the rest of the cast.
The story is stunning in its own right, with many different comments on our society that I loved. The film goes from talking about big-budget movies to action movies to critics as a whole, all talking about what it takes to be relevant in this world. Every message that Birdman attempted to portray worked to perfection, and it was a spotless journey.
Birdman is the most perfect movie of 2014 in every aspect. From the characters to the story, to the direction, to the cinematography, to the entertainment, there is not one thing wrong with this movie. Birdman has not yet been released to all theaters, but when it comes to a theater near you, please go see this movie. Birdman IS perfect.