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Birdman: Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  14 November 2014 (USA)
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A washed-up actor, who once played an iconic superhero, battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, his career and himself in the days leading up to the opening of his Broadway play.

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Actor Riggan Thomson is most famous for his movie role from over twenty years ago of the comic book superhero Birdman in the blockbuster movie of the same name and its two equally popular sequels. His association with the role took over his life, where Birdman is more renowned than "Riggan Thomson" the actor. Now past middle age, Riggan is trying to establish himself as a true artist by writing, directing, starring in and co-producing with his best friend Jake what is his Broadway debut, an adaptation of Raymond Carver's story, What We Talk About When We Talk About Love. He is staking his name, what little artistic reputation that comes with that name and his life savings on the project, and as such will do anything needed to make the play a success. As he and Jake go through the process of the previews toward opening night, Riggan runs into several issues: needing to find a replacement for the integral supporting male role the night before the first preview; hiring the talented ... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for language throughout, some sexual content and brief violence | See all certifications »

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Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$424,397 (USA) (17 October 2014)

Gross:

$42,335,698 (USA) (10 April 2015)
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Trivia

At one point, Mike (Edward Norton) wonders aloud if he'll be replaced by Ryan Gosling. Mike later becomes romantically involved with Sam (Emma Stone). In "Crazy, Stupid Love", Emma Stone's character becomes involved with Ryan Gosling's character. See more »

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When Riggan leaves his dressing room in the first scene, the rod by the window has two plastic hangers pushed together to the left of the window. When Riggan returns to the dressing room after the stage light hits Gabriel's head, the two hangers are separated. See more »

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[first lines]
Young Birdman: How did we end up here? This place is horrible. Smells like balls. We don't belong here.
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Symphony No. 5 Op. 64 in E Minor: Andante Cantabile
Composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Arranged and performed by Stefano Seghedoni
Courtesy of Chicago Music Library, LLC
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I really wanted to LOVE this movie!!!
11 April 2015 | by (DC) – See all my reviews

I have been a huge Michael Keaton fan since first seeing him on the sitcom "Working Stiffs" with Jim Belushi back in the 80's, and have closely followed his career ever since. I had seen the trailer for this movie when I had seen "Whiplash" (9/10) and thought the premise was interesting as it seemed to parody/parallel his career and his iconic portrayal of "Batman". *Sigh* I was thoroughly disappointed.

The 3 stars I have given are for the individual performances themselves. Each character was well portrayed and interesting--especially Ed Norton, however the screenplay was SO lacking that NONE of the characters developed any depth beyond a rough sketch, which was very disappointing because I really wanted to know more about them!

The whole story is so disjointed, it really seems like the whole movie was put together around the whole "let the audience decide what is real and what is fantasy" premise, which in this case seems completely contrived and a total cop- out.

I was just left feeling as if this movie set out from the start to be this "award winning movie that makes you think", but it was done in such a heavy handed obvious way, that I almost felt insulted. I was really surprised that so many intelligent people fell for the ploy. IMO, the ending was ridiculous and the best example of my point.

In summation: Actors=Yey Story=Nay


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