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Birdman
A has-been actor`s attempt at reclaiming past glory.
2D

Birdman

30 Jan, 2015
2 hrs 02 mins
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173 votes
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A washed-up actor is forced to come to terms with his reality when he realizes that his portrayal of an iconic superhero is in the past. He realizes that he must let go of his hang-ups and family trouble, mounting a Broadway play in an attempt to reclaim his past glory.
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It`s a riveting portrayal of a fading superhero star who is used as a prop to understand the workings of prestige, power games and how fame`s intoxication can soon wear out into futility and redundancy. Michael Keaton brings palpability to this tailor-made role, in which he seems to mirror his prior experience of playing Batman in two successful stints, only to bow out of it over artistic principles. ...Read full review
With an alternate title, The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance, which appears in the movie`s opening credits; Birdman is an intense, tantalising and tragic dramedy. It stands out as a unique film that spurs your mental quotient and it has an uncanny resemblance to the premise of the Hindi film, Ankhon Dekhi directed by Rajat Kapoor. Both films are an art house exploration of imperfect people struggling to navigate their lives. While Ankhon Dekhi is the tale of a quixotic patriarch, Birdman is a tale of a fading superhero Riggan Thomson. Where, Thomson, who attained stardom based on his work in a string of comic book superhero films, Birdman, is fighting his neurosis. The film showcases Riggan`s personal demons that include his domestic issues and internal torment. To revive his sagging image, Riggan Thomson, stages a comeback as a writer, director and actor by mounting a stage production of a Raymond Carver short story, What We Talk About When We Talk About Love, on Broadway. ...Read full review
In Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), Michael Keaton plays former blockbuster movie star Riggan Thomson remembered best for portraying comic book hero Birdman on the big screen (back in the 1990s). Fast forward two decades and Thomson is no longer a hot Hollywood commodity. Broke, separated from his wife (Amy Ryan), estranged from his rebellious daughter (Emma Stone), and forgotten by his once adoring fans, Thomson sets out to prove that hes not just a washed up hack opting to write, direct, and star in a Broadway show based on the Raymond Carver story What We Talk About When We Talk About Love ...Read full review