Birdman

Birdman

Birdman

Michael Keaton (Batman) claimed a Golden Globe as the lead in this black comedy, from the director of 21 Grams, as a washed-up actor – known for portraying iconic superhero Birdman. Winner of four Academy Awards including Best Film and Director. Co-stars Emma Stone, Edward Norton, Naomi Watts and Zach Galifianakis.

Riggan Thomson (Keaton) starred in two Birdman movies before quitting and hitting career doldrums. His solution some two decades later is to adapt, direct, and star in a Broadway play based on a Raymond Carver short story. For this gamble to pay off, Thomson will have to deal with an impossibly difficult method actor co-star (Norton), an insecure actress (Watts), his current girlfriend (Riseborough), and recovering addict daughter (Stone). Not to mention the voice of Birdman, present in his most vulnerable moments to chip away at Thomson's ego, and offer generally unhelpful advice.

Best Film, Director, Original Screenplay and Cinematography, Academy Awards 2015; Best Actor (Comedy/Musical) for Keaton and Best Screenplay, Golden Globes 2015; Best Cinematography and Editing, 2015 BAFTA Awards
2014Rating: MA15+, Strong coarse language119 minsUSA, France
Comedy
87%
want to see

Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

A triumph on every creative level, from casting to execution.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

Frenetic, splenetic and dizzyingly inventive.

5.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

A funny, frenetic, buoyant and rambunctiously showboating entertainment in which Mr. Iñárritu himself rises high and then higher still.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

At certain moments, watching it felt like inhaling laughing gas mixed with helium.

5.0
0
The Dissolve

The Dissolve

press

Iñárritu is a pretentious fraud, but it’s taken some time to understand the precise nature of his fraudulence.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Flies very, very high.

0

Not your Average Movie

very well done. Have always been a fan of Michael Keaton. He played Awesomely in this one. Please oh Please make another BeetleJuice - Michael

4.0
0

Waiting for it to start

There was nothing wrong with the acting (I thought Ed Norton was fun in this), but I just couldn't get into the story. A shame as I'd really looked forward to watching this.

2.0
0

Boring as

wow had to walk out, just kept waiting for it to get good,it didn't, i don't see why you would ever see it twice, do not go Super BORING

1.0
0

Worth it

I have been looking forward to this since the first trailer release, and usually 9 times out of 10 my hype dies down and the film ends up being disappointing, but this was the tenth film that blew me out of the water. Aside from amazing casting (girl, Emma Stone is on FIRE) and a great story and yadeya (usual review praise)... the actual filming of this is...

5.0
0

Could have been GREAT, but was only good.

I found this film extremely captivating at time and other times a bit boring. Maybe the continuous drumming just got a bit "same-sy". This could have been a GREAT film. But I think it was just good. Actually a little boring but still worth seeing.

3.0
0

Trying to win an award

The previously mentioned comment, "emperor's new clothes", seems to sum up this movie, its way too clever for its own good to be entertaining. If I were to pen a script with an eye to garnering awards this one would be near the top of the list. First rule to winning awards, impress the "important people", like the ones who vote on the awards! These can be...

1.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

A triumph on every creative level, from casting to execution.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

Frenetic, splenetic and dizzyingly inventive.

5.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

A funny, frenetic, buoyant and rambunctiously showboating entertainment in which Mr. Iñárritu himself rises high and then higher still.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

At certain moments, watching it felt like inhaling laughing gas mixed with helium.

5.0
0
The Dissolve

The Dissolve

press

Iñárritu is a pretentious fraud, but it’s taken some time to understand the precise nature of his fraudulence.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Flies very, very high.

0

Not your Average Movie

very well done. Have always been a fan of Michael Keaton. He played Awesomely in this one. Please oh Please make another BeetleJuice - Michael

4.0
0

Waiting for it to start

There was nothing wrong with the acting (I thought Ed Norton was fun in this), but I just couldn't get into the story. A shame as I'd really looked forward to watching this.

2.0
0

Boring as

wow had to walk out, just kept waiting for it to get good,it didn't, i don't see why you would ever see it twice, do not go Super BORING

1.0
0

Worth it

I have been looking forward to this since the first trailer release, and usually 9 times out of 10 my hype dies down and the film ends up being disappointing, but this was the tenth film that blew me out of the water. Aside from amazing casting (girl, Emma Stone is on FIRE) and a great story and yadeya (usual review praise)... the actual filming of this...

5.0
0

Could have been GREAT, but was only good.

I found this film extremely captivating at time and other times a bit boring. Maybe the continuous drumming just got a bit "same-sy". This could have been a GREAT film. But I think it was just good. Actually a little boring but still worth seeing.

3.0
0

Trying to win an award

The previously mentioned comment, "emperor's new clothes", seems to sum up this movie, its way too clever for its own good to be entertaining. If I were to pen a script with an eye to garnering awards this one would be near the top of the list. First rule to winning awards, impress the "important people", like the ones who vote on the awards! These can...

1.0
0