A Look At The Birdman Movie


One of the most acclaimed movies of 2014 is Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) and with good reason. The film follows Riggan Thomson, played by Michael Keaton, who is a former movie star who played superhero Birdman for three movies in the 1990s. Thomson is a shadow of his former self and is no longer a movie star. He has a broken relationship with both his daughter and ex-wife played by Emma Stone and Amy Ryan respectively. In an an attempt to prove he is not a talentless hack he decides to write, direct, and star in a Broadway show.

This is where the movie starts, Thomson is trying to make a last minute replacement for an actor he believes is incompetent. After going over lines with method actor Mike Shiner, played brilliantly by Edward Norton, he immediately hires him to take the part just one day before the first preview of the show, “What We Talk About When We Talk About Love”.

When that day comes Shiner decides to drink real liquor on stage and makes a scene and we start to see Thomson unravel. Keaton plays a very believable character struggling with self-doubt.

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, a Mexican filmmaker best known for his films 21 grams and Babel, wrote and directed the film. His films often explore the cruel world and the imperfect people that reside in it, Birdman is no different. What is different is the cinematography. The entire film is made to look as if it were shot in one single shot.

If you went to the theater expecting to see a caped superhero you may be disappointed. And if you thought it would be some sort of social commentary on comic-book movies you’d be disappointed as well. It does, however, have some elements of social commentary on the world of Broadway vs. the world of Hollywood. Birdman only makes a few appearances as a character that haunts the actor and acts as a sort of anti-conscience.

Lets Take a Look At The Oscars 2015


Best Picture

American Sniper


The Imitation Game


The Theory of Everything


The Grand Budapest Hotel




Steve Carell for Foxcatcher

Michael Keaton for Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Bradley Cooper for American Sniper

Eddie Redmayne for The Theory of Everything

Benedict Cumberbatch for The Imitation Game


Best Actress

Marion Cotillard for Two Days, One Night

Rosamund Pike for Gone Girl

Felicity Jones for The Theory of Everything

Reese Witherspoon for Wild

Julianne Moore for Still Alice


Supporting Actor

Robert Duvall for The Judge

Mark Ruffalo for Foxcatcher

Ethan Hawke for Boyhood

J.K. Simmons for Whiplash

Edward Norton for Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)


Supporting Actress

Patricia Arquette for Boyhood

Emma Stone for Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Laura Dern for Wild

Meryl Streep for Into The Woods

Keira Knightley for The Imitation Game


Documentary Feature


Finding Vivian Maier

Last Days in Vietnam

The Salt of the Earth



Animated Feature

Big Hero 6

The Boxtrolls

How To Train Your Dragon 2

Song of the Sea

The Tale of Princess Kaguya