Film Reviews in 100 Words or Less

Birdman (or, The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

The journey of a washed up actor trying to revive his career on Broadway, complicated by his superhero split personality.

It’s the simplicity of the thing (narrative, continuous long shot, solo drum track) that allows performances from Keaton, Norton and Stone to shine.

A light touch of kookiness throughout (superpowers, special effects, nakedness) adds rather than detracts.

Did you notice the thematic dichotomy of truth/acting throughout? I could spend 1000 words on that alone, but I won’t.

I am still in awe of the choreography that would have had to go into shooting this.

4/5 – because I hate ambiguous endings.


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