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I think we've all been exceptionally good this year because Christmas
came early with Alejandro González Iñárritu's masterful "Birdman (or
the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)," an experience that you won't soon
forget. Debuting at Venice and Telluride Film Festivals, the film
closed an already impeccable New York Film Festival on Saturday morning
for press and industry colleagues. It's a film that resonates
profoundly, and may just be the best film of 2014. From its pristine
writing (by Iñárritu, Armando Bo, Nicolas Giacobone, and Alexander
Dinelaris), to its carefully constructed direction and cinematography,
to its genius casting and performances, "Birdman" is just a dream of a
The movie tells the story of Riggan (Michael Keaton), a washed up actor
who used to play a superhero icon called Birdman. In a valiant attempt
to reclaim his career, he adapts, directs, and stars in a Broadway
play. With problems from one of his very method actors (Edward Norton),
assistant daughter (Emma Stone), emotional co-star (Naomi Watts),
overly sexual girlfriend (Andrea Riseborough), flamboyant producer
(Zach Galifanakis), and loving ex- wife (Amy Ryan), Riggan prepares for
the breaking point of his career.
"Birdman" is so damn enjoyable and one of the most entertaining films
in years. It charms not just because of its story, but because of the
performances and slick way that co-writer/director Iñárritu plays with
tone. It's downright hilarious in parts, probably the funniest film of
the year, and then there's the dramatic edge that comes into play, and
simply breaks your heart. Above all, Iñárritu's "Birdman" is a
celebration of cinema. It's an audacious achievement that floors just
about every aspect of film witnessed in 2014. Iñárritu already had
vocal admirers from "Amores Perros," "Babel," and "Biutiful," but this
is his most accessible. This will move him up in the ranks with the
Scorsese's, Spielberg's, and Eastwood's. He familiarizes us with the
stage and the theater. He makes the surroundings a very palpable
character for us to know and enjoy.
At 63, Michael Keaton has been criminally underutilized in his career,
despite some iconic performances. The nerd crowd will worship him as
the ideal Bruce Wayne/Batman combo, while the same thick will remember
his "Beetle Juice" fondly for all-time. Where Keaton was passed over
was for his dramatic capabilities. I've beat the horse dead on
mentioning his cancer-stricken father-to-be performance in "My Life" or
his recovering alcoholic player in "Clean and Sober." In "Birdman,"
Keaton marries the two with an undeniable sensibility that stands as
the actor's finest to date. It's such a studied turn, you feel the
accuracy and precision in which he executes every move and mannerism of
Riggan. It's the role that Keaton has been waiting decades for. It's
the role of his career.
If we're talking about underutilized actors, then Edward Norton needs
to be mentioned. Two brilliant performances under his belt, both
Oscar-nominated ("Primal Fear" and "American History X") but both
passed over for someone else, Norton is back and better than ever. A
scene-stealing standout, Norton makes us realize how unspoken dialogue
between characters can be just as humorous without the punchline. Emma
Stone has finally arrived with "Birdman." Criminally misused and passed
over by Hollywood for "bigger name" actresses, Stone finally shows the
world what they've been missing. In one single scene, Stone
revolutionizes and captures the essence of "Birdman" with a ferocity
that you couldn't see from any other performer. She finds the heart and
soul of Sam, laying her on the screen meticulously and transparent.
Though brief in screen time, the vivacious Naomi Watts, the sexy Andrea
Riseborough, and the seasoned Amy Ryan make their marks exquisitely.
Watts gets the most chuckles out of the ladies while Ryan has the
greatest arc for us to explore. I hope and pray that Zach Galifianakis
continues down a path in independent cinema. Fully realized and
delivered, he layers the film with a beautiful sympathy, vocal and
restrained, he finds the meaning of Riggan and presents him to us.
Emmanuel Lubezki. That is a sentence, statement, and just pure
cinematic meaning nowadays. You can't watch a movie shot by the Academy
Award winning Cinematographer and not find yourself more intimately
contained and available to the realm of the movies. Just one year after
stunning us with "Gravity," Lubezki allows the audience to be in the
movie. We are present in every scene, every movement, and every thought
that a person is having. We feel as though Riggan and the cast are
interacting with us. When they're laughing, we're laughing, when
they're crying, we're crying. He is an absolute magician.
This seems to be the year of the drums because Antonio Sanchez composes
"Birdman" with a drum score that lays deep in my ear canals. Tapping
your feet and bobbing your head, Sanchez elevates the film to new
heights. Editors Douglas Prise and Stephen Mirrione may be the unsung
heroes because in the film, we are nearly in one continuous take, which
hardly ever gives up (at least to the untrained eye). In no way do I
call myself someone who can spot a digital edit, but I spotted no more
than a dozen cuts throughout. That is amazing. I'm sure there were
dozens more, but you couldn't catch them.
"Birdman" is a masterpiece (there goes THAT word). At a time where
movies feel like they have to choose to between comedy and tragedy,
Iñárritu's beauty works on us from the inside-out. It's a human story,
comedy, thriller, mystery, all rolled into one. All told by a master
filmmaker and storytellers. The year's must-see experience.
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