The critically-acclaimed black comedy Birdman tells the story of a washed-up actor (Michael Keaton)—famous for portraying an iconic superhero—as he struggles to mount a Broadway play. In the days leading up to opening night, he battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, his career and himself. Also starring Zach Galifianakis, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts and Edward Norton, Birdman is directed and co-written by Alejandro González Iñárritu (Biutiful, Babel, 21 Grams, Amores Perros).
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Directed by: Alejandro González Iñárritu
Cast: Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts and Edward Norton
Winner of 4 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Cinematography and Best Original Screenplay.
Inarritu's 'Birdman' soars
“Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” is a marvel — a film that pulls you in with its fearless artistry. In an age of sequels and remakes, director and co-writer Alejandro G. Inarritu (“Babel”) goes for originality, and without compromise. And he elicits from Keaton, who played Batman in two films directed by Tim Burton, a performance that’s astonishing in its emotional nakedness. Riggan is perched between redemption and oblivion, and Keaton brilliantly captures his angst. This could be his comeback film. But it’s not just Keaton’s show. Norton is a blast as a guy with an ego made for showbiz. And in one of her best performances, Stone is terrific — particularly in a scene in which she scathingly brings Riggan down to earth. Lots of films claim to be different. “Birdman” is. - Calvin Wilson / St. Louis Post-Dispatch (four stars out of four)