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At the movies: Birdman

February 12, 2015


In Birdman, Michael Keaton plays Riggan Thomson, an actor famous for portraying Birdman in a series of three movies about the super hero.  After he refuses to do the fourth Birdman movie, his career goes nowhere.  In an attempt to revitalize his career, he has written a play that he is directing and starring in.  The play is getting ready to open on Broadway and he has to deal with an egotistical actor and a critic who promises to destroy the play.  In an attempt to make the play succeed, he decides to do something very risky.

Birdman features an all star cast including Michael Keaton, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts, and Edward Norton.  The casting was terrific – everyone does a great job and the whole cast has great chemistry.  The movie is shown as one long shot – a technique that is difficult for the actors and editors.  I was engrossed in the movie and thoroughly enjoyed it, until the end which is left open to interpretation.  Vance, and most film critics, felt differently though.  This movie is worth seeing, especially for the acting and the editing and will be out on DVD next week.


26 Comments leave one →
  1. February 12, 2015 8:02 am

    I have been looking forward to watching this one. It always amazed me when a movie is shown as a long shot. I’ll probably wait for the DVD.

  2. February 12, 2015 8:10 am

    I’m curious about this one and will catch it on DVD. Thanks for the review, Kathy.

  3. February 12, 2015 8:11 am

    I’m curious about this one. Will get it from Netflix or the library. Thanks for your review!

  4. February 12, 2015 9:02 am

    I may watch this eventually….

  5. Diane (@bookchickdi) permalink
    February 12, 2015 9:05 am

    There has been a lot of discussion about this movie at work; I’m glad it’s coming out on DVD so I can see it.

  6. February 12, 2015 10:55 am

    I wasn’t a big fan of the movie. but I agree that the acting was really good. I know that Michael Keaton is certainly one of the frontrunners at the Oscars.

  7. February 12, 2015 11:25 am

    I will have to watch for this one, not even sure I missed hearing about it but have always enjoyed Michael Keaton.

  8. bookingmama permalink
    February 12, 2015 12:35 pm

    I definitely want to see this one! I hear the acting is terrific!

  9. sandynawrot permalink
    February 12, 2015 12:54 pm

    This is high on my list. I’ve not done a very good job of seeing the Oscar movies this year though.

  10. February 12, 2015 1:09 pm

    This sounds and looks very good, Kathy! Thanks for the review and trailer. Micheal Keaton seems perfect for this role.

  11. February 12, 2015 1:33 pm

    We’ll probably skip this one.

  12. February 12, 2015 3:40 pm

    We don’t go to the movies much unless its a kid movie, but I cannot wait to see this on DVD!

  13. February 12, 2015 4:05 pm

    I will watch it 🙂

  14. February 12, 2015 4:08 pm

    I have wondered about this one, but didn’t know much about it until your review, Kathy. It sounds like something my husband would really like. So, I imagine we will watch it at some point.

  15. Patty permalink
    February 12, 2015 10:15 pm

    All of a sudden there are way too many movies to see and books to read!

  16. Beth F permalink
    February 13, 2015 12:37 pm

    Hummmm. I’m quite sure about this one.

  17. February 13, 2015 1:25 pm

    Of the movies nominated, this is one of the few I actually hope to see.

  18. February 13, 2015 10:36 pm

    We’ll probably rent this one on DVD.

  19. February 15, 2015 1:21 pm

    I’ve been patiently waiting for this one to come out on DVD. We don’t often get to see films in the theater as we’re in a very small town. We’re a little behind the times here, lol.

  20. February 15, 2015 7:14 pm

    We just watched this last night. It was much different than I expected. Great cast though!

  21. February 15, 2015 7:50 pm

    We thought the acting (Keaton) was great, but the movie itself so so.

  22. swright9 permalink
    February 15, 2015 10:54 pm

    I also liked it. Bravo!

  23. February 16, 2015 9:48 pm

    the cast sounds amazing!

  24. February 17, 2015 11:30 am

    I’m intrigued by this one; I know it has been praised and … not. You provided a great balanced review!

  25. February 20, 2015 6:11 pm

    Not all that excited about this one, but if it wins the Oscar I’ll watch 🙂

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