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7.71 h 59 min2014X-Ray15
In an effort to be taken seriously, a washed up, ageing celeb—famous for portraying an iconic superhero—attempts to mount a Broadway play. But as he struggles with the production and the opening night approaches, he battles with his ego and his efforts to recover his family, his career, and himself.
Alejandro González Iñárritu
Michael KeatonZach GalifianakisEdward Norton
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4.3 out of 5 stars

2083 global ratings

  1. 64% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 15% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 9% of reviews have 3 stars
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Andrew LawstonReviewed in the United Kingdom on 03 April 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Assured masterpiece
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I was gutted to miss this film on its first release, but it more than held up on the small screen on DVD.

Michael Keaton plays a washed up actor famous for being in a superhero franchise, who's directing and starring in his own stage adaptation of a Raymond Carver story. He also thinks he has telekinetic powers and that his most famous character talks to him in his head.

The vast majority of the film is presented in what looks like (but isn't) one single flowing take, which is a nice device for a film which deals extensively with the theatrical world, but it also means that there's a constant barrage of imagery and an endlessly mobile camera - if the camera stops for more than a few seconds, the film would have been static and dull. It's never static or dull...

There is a nod to Jean-Luc Godard's early work in the opening credits as letters fill the screen in alphabetical order in time with an unseen drummer. Drummers occasionally appear in unlikely places throughout the film, and it's never clear whether or not characters can hear the musical styles that flow throughout. At one point an actor is heard bellowing a soliloquy from Macbeth in a staccato rhythm for several minutes apparently in voiceover before eventually being revealed to be standing in the street. The single shot format means that Iñárritu had to choose which character to focus on during some key conversations, the audience is denied the opportunity of seeing several important reactions (most notably when Emma Stone rages at her egomaniac father). It all gets a bit Brechtian, in the most wonderful way.

The film was always going to stand or fall on the strength of its performances, and everyone here is on top form. Michael Keaton gives his best performance since, funnily enough, Batman Returns in 1992... Edward Norton is compelling as a thinly-veiled parody of what you probably imagine Edward Norton is actually like in any case. Emma Stone, Naomi Watts, Andrea Riseborough, Lindsay Duncan and Zach Galifianakis are all brilliant - though it has to be said that Naomi Watts must be getting fed up of playing struggling actresses...

If you haven't yet seen this film, you really ought to.

And, let's be honest here, who doesn't want them to make Birdman 4?
18 people found this helpful
SteerforthReviewed in the United Kingdom on 10 September 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Birdman ultimately proved to be an uplifting experience
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Birdman seems to have irked as many people as it entertained. I agree the distinction between "serious" acting in the theater and play-acting in Hollywood blockbusters was a little overdone. However, the movie was much more complex than that for me. Much more than just the profession giving itself a pat on the back or a fillip in the face of an overwhelming number of comic book characters prancing about on our screens.

Michael Keaton was great and Emma Stone leaped from the screen in one important scene with Keaton. The script was a little trite in some places but served the story very well for the most part and provided for an elevating evening in more ways than one. Five stars and more work from Keaton please - this and SPOTLIGHT prove he is far from done with the big screen
11 people found this helpful
TeeBarReviewed in the United Kingdom on 19 September 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
A film to bring out the birdman in all of us.
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Get some more films as good as this and I may just stay with you Amazon Prime. Thought provoking with wonderful acting by the whole cast as well as just the leads and although one could never accuse this of being a happy film... It left me feeling really good! It may take a while until the story catches up with me but the experience was exhilarating and I shall probably watch it a few more times. Take that you stingy one star moaners!
6 people found this helpful
JarndyceReviewed in the United Kingdom on 08 July 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
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Brilliant Film. Innovative. Clever. Fast moving with an incredible performance from the always entertaining and interesting Micheal Keaton. I caught half of it on tv late one night and simply had to see the other half so bought the dvd. I wasn't disappointed. An excellent turn by Edward Norton too playing a role he seems to relish in that it's arrogant and conceited and something he does portray rather too well. This dvd is available now at a price that's cheaper than a pint of lager in most pubs and definitely more value for money in my opinion as once u add it to Ur collection, it is always there to be watched again whenever u fancy. One of the best films I've seen in a longtime.
rbmusicman/and/movie-fan'Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 05 May 2015
4.0 out of 5 stars
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The film tells the story of actor and director 'Riggan Thomson' (Michael Keaton) who craves to be the Star
that he once was, again.
He has adapted a play written by 'Raymond Carver' investing heavily in it's success on the Broadway Theatre
When 'Mike' (Edward Norton) agree's to fill the vacated role in his play 'Riggan' believes it'll help sell the show,
however 'Mike' proves to be the cuckoo in the nest, a younger actor who steals the limelight on-stage early on,
even sharing his thoughts with a newspaper critic.
In years gone by 'Riggan' had played a lead role in a Super-Hero movie and indeed it's sequels, he was 'Birdman'
He often see's himself as the fictional character and imagines he has the powers he'd portrayed though in truth
he knows he'll never recapture his glory days, but is there one more 'Hoorah' for the actor.
The film does have an impressive cast list including = 'Emma Watts' who plays his daughter and assistant - 'Sam'
and 'Emma Stone' who plays actress - 'Lesley'
I found it an unusual film, bit of a slow-burner that i grew into, there are one or two comic moments along the way,
though a comedy isn't how i'd describe it, it was in many ways tragic, a man who had struggled in life after his Hay-
Day of yesterday had long past.
Many superb performances among the cast, none more so than 'Michael Keaton'
Maybe not everyone's cup-of-tea.
Special Features -
* Birdman All-Access - get an unprecedented look at the innovative process employed bringing this project from
page to screen
8 people found this helpful
SkugzeeReviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 July 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Interesting, thought-provoking and funny
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I watched this again recently and liked it more than I did the first time. Keaton is brilliant as is Norton. I could see critics viewing the plot as nothing more than a bunch of self-obsessed actors craving attention which, of course, it is - but it is a bit more than that - it is funny, touching, observant, avoids pretension (unlike some of the characters!) doesn't take sides in terms of whether acting is craft vs entertainment which is a theme throughout the film. And it is really smartly directed and photographed with scenes merging into one another. Buy it - watch it.
Kaye TaylorReviewed in the United Kingdom on 30 November 2018
1.0 out of 5 stars
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I found it soooooo boring .. didn’t make it past the 30min mark .. life is too short! I appreciate that the acting showed how talented really ‘serious’ filmmakers and actors do films but unless you are into things which are basically by the Oscar/acting industry for the the acting/Oscar industry save your time and money.
6 people found this helpful
DJRangoonReviewed in the United Kingdom on 23 February 2022
4.0 out of 5 stars
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Shot in a theatre its about an ageing film star trying to tread the boards trying to revive his career. Keaton is brilliant as Riggan. He goes deep into an actors psyche, longing to be accepted again but tormented by his critics and the voices in his head and doing anything to make the play a success. Deep and meaningful.
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