Critically acclaimed & highly anticipated to be among the best, Birdman is a Technical Wonder by Day and a Psychological Eye-Opener by Night.
A washed up actor (Michael Keaton), 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 a Broadway play.
(I really can’t say much about the plot without revealing any spoilers. So this will have to do.)
Highly rated and it has every reason to be. The plot may simple enough as it’s basically about a one hit wonder who has had enough of being a former somebody and wishes to reclaim the fame he once had. We’re then introduced to the complexities of both his life and his mind which involves not only those around him but the one within him, Birdman. Besides the well written script and casting choices, the cinematography is a massive addition to the creative depth of Birdman. By manipulating and editing the camerawork, the movie is presented in the form of a long take (No splits between scenes, just one camera that follows everyone. You’d see what I mean.).
Dark Comedies & Artsy Dramas aren’t exactly enjoyed by your average mainstream viewer due to the slow pace & emotional depth of these genres. Birdman is an Artsy Dark Comedy, so yeah, probably won’t be enjoyed by most in Malaysia due to the rather subtle humour of Birdman and the restricted creative sensitivity of our society. On a personal note, it’s a 7 purely because I love artsy films and dark comedies but it’s a little too draggy at times and to be honest, I’d much rather prefer a light-hearted laugh out loud comedy at the moment. Timing is everything and January is far from the right time.