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Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014) Movie Reviews

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09/17/2016 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Guilherme

This movie is the main reason why I watch and why I love movies! This movie talks about everything in life, specially about existence, relationships, parenting, depression, insights, movie critics, personal and professional life... This movie literally is a boost of life.
The characters and the relations shown in the movie are revitalizing. It is filled with great and awesome performances and I should have said this right off the bat that the casting for this movie seemed like it was picked more than cautiously, almost at the edge of perfection.
The gorgeous performances allied with a great script led the characters throughout the whole movie in a fast pace which helped the stile of the movie.
Besides a beautiful and jazzy score, great performances and amazing script, there is one th...

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4/4 

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cinegeek.de
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03/12/2016 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Zwiespalt

Das erste Mal sehen wir "Birdman" Michael Keaton in seiner Garderobe sitzend von hinten. Er wirkt friedlich, doch in seinem Inneren - eine knurrende grummelige Stimme, die auf ihn einredet... Dann sehen wir Birdman wieder, wie er wie ein Wahnsinniger über den Times Square rast. Er hat sich aus seinem Theater ausgeschlossen. Das sind die Extreme, durch die Regisseur Alejandro G. Inarritu mit Birdman steuert - voller kühner Ambitionen und spektakulärem handwerklichen Geschick! Es scheint auch so, dass der früher so schicksalsträchtige Inarritu zum ersten Mal Spass gehabt hätte! Birdman jedenfalls ist von Anfang bis zum Ende eine einzige Wucht! Ein zweieinhalb stündiger Film, gefilmt von Emmanuel Lubezki in einem Take. Ein Bühnendarsteller fiel aus, weil ihm eine Lampe auf den Kopf...

 

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12/20/2015 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"Birdman" by Yojimbo

An ageing Hollywood star battles both his co stars and his own on screen superhero alter ego when trying to find thespian credibility while attempting his own adaptation on the Broadway stage. This is one of those films where the marketing is guilty of very misleading advertising; the trailer makes it look like an off beat superhero comedy, but the fact is that the "Birdman" character is hardly in the film at all. It's really a character study concerning the cult of celebrity, the need for acknowledgement and affirmation and the ever widening generation gap in the internet age. Despite finding fame as a Hollywood action star, Michael Keaton's nicely played protagonist is still riddled with insecurities, especially when dealing with his estranged daughter and his fellow actor Ed Norton who...

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2/4 

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05/20/2015 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

"Popularity is the slutty little cousin of prestige." The quote almost symbolizes the whole film. One of the best opening lines on film - "How did we end up here? This place is horrible. Smells like balls. We don't belong here." A unique picture that delves into your psyche and vision. The camera direction was just exceptional which is very likened to Fight Club the way it maneuvered thru various floors until it gets close to the artists. As always Naomi Watts was electrifying and Emma Stone was solid. The highlights were the enigmatic and underrated performance of Michael Keaton as Riggan, Edward Norton also brings in his "A" game as the fame seeking, horny, jealous and unconfident Mike. He was such a likeable character that the film should have given him a nice conclusion instead...

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3.5/4 

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04/21/2015 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Not bad but really? Best Picture for this?

So in the end, did Birdman really deserve to win the Oscar for Best Picture of 2014? Well, it wouldn't have been my pick. That would have gone to The Grand Budapest Hotel or the Imitation Game or The Theory of Everything. The problem with Birdman is that it claims a dismissive attitude towards what it perceives as pompous or snobbish or elitist when it's doing its absolute damnedest to ensure that only the highest honors happen to its main character. This is not empowering but rather an uncomfortable suggestion of entitlement that is owed to Riggan Thomson (Michael Keaton), the washed up actor trying to reclaim whatever is left of his reputation as a genuine talent. Of course everything is going wrong at the same time and all his underlings have their own aspirations or indignant opinion...

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2.5/4 

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Stoney McStonerson
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01/22/2015 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

The Bird is the Word

There is a lot to love about the surreal fantasy/nightmare from Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu that is called Birdman. Starting with the pitch perfect performance by the most underrated Michael Keaton. His is a richly layered Oscar worthy performance that slaps this film around like a Mace hitting a brick wall. All of the performers are bringing their "A" game. Directed with a whimsically Hallucinatory flair all add up to what was close to being a great film. Unfortunately a lot of the story felt to tepid and predictable. I always felt like I knew what was going to happen next and wished the story could have held me as tight as the on point Acting and the inspired Directing did.

Still a Solidly intriguing, well crafted movie that falls short of becoming a Masterpiece.
Probably wil...

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3/4 

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Matthew Brady
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01/08/2015 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Birdman in my eyes is a perfect film

Riggan: I'm nothing. I'm not even here.

The story to Birdman is about an wash up actor (Michael Keaton) - famous for portraying an iconic superhero - as he struggles to mount a Broadway play. In the days leading up to opening night, he battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, his career, and himself.

Okay in my review of Whiplash I bought this movie up mid way through the review just to give a heads up of when I'm going to watch it, because Birdman was my most anticipated film of 2014. But just like every time I really wanted to see a film so baldy I have to wait for a while until I finally get a chance to watch it, story of my life really. But anywhere, I was really looking forward to this movie ever since September, and now finally seeing the film I can safely say that ...

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4/4 

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smeagol
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01/08/2015 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

Great movie that flys and steals the show

Micheal keaton plays a movie actor who is only remembered for the superhero movies he done many years ago called bird man.he sinks all his money into making and acting in a broadway play so he can claim some acclaim and self worth back. its his last desperate throw of the dice ,with family and girlfriend problems and actor problems he hires edward nortons character who is a proper stage actor who takes his roles a little to seriosuly and has the attitude to match.
first of if your a fan of directing camera work and the tech side of movies you will love this movie. its shot like its all like one scene thats flows from part to part without what seems any edits. its really smartly done.
but what makes this movie so good is first the story its such a great idea and dialogue between all...

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4/4 

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Gabe
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12/22/2014 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Awesome performance from everybody

I have not seen a movie in years that I thought was as phenomenally acted as this one. Everybody deserves and award of some sort for this film. I also loved the cinematography of Emmanuel Lubezki. The continuous steady-cam shot was brilliant. It felt like we were right there behind the scenes with these amazing actors.

With that being said, the film itself left a little to be desired. The Grand Budapest Hotel was more entertaining, the acting wasn't quite as good, but the script also wasn't as heavy as this one was.

Birdman also took on some fantasy aspects, especially the final third during the superhero scenes and the flying scene. I loved the twist when we find out that Michael Keaton flying through the air was all in his head, he was actually in a cab, which leads me to th...

Rating of
3/4 

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Snoogans
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11/28/2014 (3 of 3 found this helpful)

A Film Fan's Movie!

'Birdman' is the most original film I've seen this year. It's original in the new inventive ways it combines so many elements to make one smooth, cohesive whole. This film is an in-depth performance piece, a visually impressive artistic statement, an emotional/psychological drama, a sharp comedy/satire on actors, and a great commentary of just about everything that has to do with those who make and those who watch movies/plays. I was sucked in, and completely entertained, by all of these aspects coinciding perfectly through the amazing direction and terrific acting. The film is meant to look like one single continuous take, and it's the best I've ever seen done so. It's unbelievably seamless throughout, even moving forward days at a time in-camera. This adds to the immersive quality...

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4/4 

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