Rightly said, “People, they love blood. They love action. Not this talky, depressing, philosophical bullshit.” And Birdman delivers just that, though of course not in the way many people expect it to, seeing just its name and poster.
“The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance”, by the time you end the movie, you understand, philosophically, the importance of this line in this movie. The directing, by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu is truly breath-taking. That man never ceases to amaze. The writing, pure beauty, the way this film makes you think, just show how a movie which seems to be your average flick, can take you so deep inside itself. Emmanuel Lubezki, you just can’t cease to love that guy, his cinematography just shows how he is indeed, a master of the trade. It is one thing to imagine a movie, as one single, long take and a completely different and of course daunting task to accomplish, but the duo of Inarritu along with arguably one of the greatest cinematographers, Lubezki do exactly that. Antonio Sanchez gave a great score, with the drum, which added to the “spontaneous” effect, that the movie had.
The acting is just some brilliant icing to top off an already well baked cake. Michael Keaton, has given the performance of a lifetime. I sure as hell am glad, that he didn’t sign Birdman 4. Emma Stone, who knew she could act, but she completely deserved her first Oscar nomination, and seeing this performance, it seems that this is the first nomination, to be followed by many more and who knows a few awards too. Edward Norton, that man has already proven his mettle many a time, and he has only improved upon his reputation.
The direction, the cinematography, the acting, the writing, what is there to not love in this movie? Birdman deserves its rating of 9/10.