Birdman or (the unexpected virtue of ignorance) Short Review

by weslar

Tipped as my personal best film of the year, Birdman excels in it’s emphasis on good character and great story development. The films unique take on the one shot film is intriguing to say the least, especially since the entire length of the film is made to look as if it’s one giant take. Yes they’re using cheats and techniques to achieve the look, which are cleverly masked by dark frames where action can be separated. The underlying topic discussed visually is Michael Keaton’s character Riggan Thomson’ dilemma about a type cast that he has fallen into, due to the massive success of being the lead in Birdman 1, 2 and 3. His schizophrenia shows us his delusions of his characters powers that he believes he controls, which is just what he is seeing, not what is actually happening. If you have that in mind you can probably work out the ending if you were left puzzled. Which I like as a parallel to what’s visually happening is just a facade of his imagination. I definitely didn’t know what to expect from the film not knowing much before going into the cinema. But what greeted me was a splendid use of a great cast that makes you believe the world they live in is real.