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‘Birdman’ is a soaring film with Keaton
Date: 2014-12-17
Four Suns.Somehow it seems personal for Michael Keaton. His performance in “Birdman” has an uncanny authenticity one rarely sees in mainstream films. I say, just give him the Oscar now. It is difficult to imagine another performance that will best Keaton’s Birdman. Produced, directed and co-written by the visionary Alejandro González Inarritu, “Birdman” makes a powerful statement. Inarritu uses show business as a metaphor for survival. It is a good metaphor. “Birdman” is the story of a fading Hollywood star’s last ditch effort to reclaim his career. He takes on Broadway with his last penny and his last nerve. In the process, he is confronted with a regretful life – a failed marriage, a neglected daughter and a lifetime of bad choices. This is a man with loads of talent but none for life outside his art. This great movie takes us inside his head and his heart with surreal flourishes and an astonishing fluidity of movement. Inarritu moves his floating camera in a way that provides us with...
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