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Monday, February 9, 2015

Birdman is a great movie, but not best of the year, A-

What: Movie Review
Who: Birdman
When: February 2015
Why: As part of the Oscar race of 2014

Indie film director Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu, whose previous films included Babel, comes out with another unusual, bizarre but fascinating movie called Birdman. The film is filled with everything from drama to twisted humor and logic to action, crisis and sadness. It's also thrilling and ambitious to say the least, propelling Inarritu into new territory that will hopefully give him more recognition as a director.

Birdman is helped by not only its stellar cast, but by an outstanding performance lead by its front man, Michael Keaton. Keaton plays a washed up Hollywood actor that decides to direct and star in a Broadway play.

The entire movie is filmed beautifully and like a play itself, with unusual views into New York City and Time Square life that make you feel as if your there yourself while watching it. The film shows respect to modern cinema and Broadway in more ways than one.

One of the best things about Birdman is of course the acting, topped off by Keaton's powerful performance. However, Emma Stone and Edward Norton also provide good acting skills in the film, rounding out a great cast that also includes Noami Watts and Zack Galifoanakis in a serious role.

Birdman is an original film that's entertaining throughout it's two hour time slot, and worth watching for anyone that's interested in how things work behind the scenes in Broadway and Hollywood today.

On the minor side, the film is a bit too abstract and feels almost too 'indie' and small minor to really be best picture quality.
That aside, it's a good film that satisfies the viewer with some great performances.

Grade: A-

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