A cinematic triumph with Michael Keaton at his best!
Thanks to 20th Century Fox we had the chance to see Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu’s Birdman. This is our review of the film, but – as usual – no matter what we say, we recommend that you still go to your local cinema and see the film because there is no better critic than yourself.
Former superstar Riggan Thomson, (Michael Keaton) is famous for his role as superhero Birdman and is now struggling to recover his family and his acting career. He declines an opportunity to reprise the role for a fourth time, in order to put a Broadway play together under his own direction, and finally get the validation he wants as an actor.
His ego and the frustration he feels on a daily basis, however, causes him to hear an inner voice – that of the fictional character he used to play – that tells him to ignore his instincts. He even daydreams about having superpowers.
Birdman is one of those rare independent (well, kind of) cinematic jewels that absolutely mesmerises viewers from the first minute, thanks to its original plot and the absolutely impeccable performance by Michael Keaton. He is simply perfect for the role, especially when we recall that he played Batman twice with great box-office success back in the 90’s, under the direction of Tim Burton, at a time where superhero films were not as popular as they are today.
In addition, we must praise director Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu (Beautiful, 2010) not only for casting Keaton, but also for recruiting talented actors like Edward Norton (who, like Keaton, delivers an Oscar-worthy performance), Emma Stone (as Riggan’s rebellious daughter), Naomi Watts, Andrea Riseborough and a surprising Zach Galifianakis as Riggan’s manager, Jake.
At its best Birdman is a reminder of why people love movies; it delivers a solid story that never loses its intensity, thanks to the impressive performances of the entire cast, the beautiful cinematography, a clever plot, good special effects and a great finale that will leave viewers thinking for hours – in a good way.
Overall, this is one of the best films from the past year and is a solid contender for the 2015 Academy Awards. Seriously, give Michael Keaton the Oscar right now!
Birdman is now showing in cinemas