‘Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)’ – An Artistic Exploration of Fame and Self-Worth (2014)
“Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance),” released in 2014, is a black comedy-drama film directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu. The film stars Michael Keaton, Edward Norton, and Emma Stone, among others. Renowned for its unique filmmaking techniques and complex themes, “Birdman” garnered significant critical acclaim and multiple accolades, including the Academy Award for Best Picture.
The film revolves around Riggan Thomson (Michael Keaton), a washed-up Hollywood actor known for his role as the superhero ‘Birdman.’ Hoping to reinvent his career and prove his worth as an artist, Riggan decides to adapt, direct, and star in a Broadway adaptation of Raymond Carver’s short story ‘What We Talk About When We Talk About Love.’
Riggan’s journey to stage the play is fraught with personal and professional struggles. His battles with his ego, his volatile relationship with his daughter Sam (Emma Stone), his conflicts with his cast, particularly with the talented but unpredictable Mike Shiner (Edward Norton), and his struggle to overcome self-doubt form the core of the film’s narrative.
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“Birdman” is celebrated for its stylistic innovation, appearing to unfold in one continuous take, achieved through masterful cinematography by Emmanuel Lubezki and seamless editing. The movie also boasts a drum score by Antonio Sanchez, adding to the film’s intense, kinetic energy.
Michael Keaton delivers a standout performance, using his own history as a former superhero actor to add depth to Riggan’s character. The supporting cast, including Emma Stone, Edward Norton, and Naomi Watts, each deliver memorable performances, contributing to the film’s exploration of fame, artistic integrity, and personal redemption.
“Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” is an engaging and artistic exploration of the complexities of fame, artistic validation, and self-worth. With its stellar performances, innovative filmmaking techniques, and insightful narrative, the film provides a thought-provoking viewing experience that lingers long after the final scene.
For fans of cinema that breaks boundaries and offers a deeper exploration of its characters, “Birdman” is a must-watch. Its clever blend of comedy, drama, and surreal elements results in a film that is as entertaining as it is meaningful, offering viewers a unique journey through the highs and lows of its unforgettable protagonist, Riggan Thomson.
Duration: 119 min.