Birdman is Hollywood’s slap on its own mediocrity. With an indulging narrative that traverses through many levels of things happening around a confused artist, this Oscar nominee is a very unique cinematic experience that makes you happy on a creative level.

The story is about this actor Riggan Thomson who is a washed up Hollywood star who was once famous for his super hero character titled Birdman. In a quest to find himself, he is nowadays doing theater and the movie narrates to us the events happening just before the premiere of his drama.

The primary aim of the theme is to make a satire on the current Hollywood scenario where only projects are being made instead of films. The smartness of Birdman lays in the fact that writer – director Alejandro G Inarritu hasn’t used any direct attacking method to present his idea. He presents that thought very symbolically by cutting the single shot feel of the movie only once, so that you really focus in to that visual. The interesting scripting on how the social media and the normal media have suppressed the Hollywood from films with content is also there to give us some laughable moments.

Every actor in the cast has given a tremendous output to give the movie that perfection. Michael Keaton as the confused Birdman was really good on screen. The mood changes were depicted nicely by the actor. Edward Norton was also quite nice as the self obsessed method actor. One person who really impressed me in the cast was Emma Stone who as the arrogant daughter gave an impressive on screen performance. The rest of the cast comprising of Naomi Watts, Zach Galifianakis and Andrea Riseborough has also done a superb job.

The idea to shoot this movie in a seemingly uncut way deserves an appreciation. It not only gives a variety to the narrating structure but also adds a hidden pace to the content which isn’t that exhilarating. The scripting deserves a standing ovation for conceiving this multi layered idea into a two hour movie. In a 2-3 days event, they have visualized everything that happens in the industry to give enough traumas to the central protagonist. Dialogues were nice and the jazzy background music suited the satiric feel of Birdman. Looking at the visuals, I don’t think the editor would have had a tough time doing his work. Cinematography and edits were also very nice.

Birdman is a unique pleasure for people who like to indulge in the movie they watch. With a smart script, awesome visualization and power packed performances backing the distinctive idea, this movie is a treat. Dramatic developments at times may make you feel the same way Emma Stone’s character describes the way audience enjoy drama these days, but still this is a super craft. The rating for Alejandro G Inarritu’s Birdman is 4/5 and a loud round of applauds.

Final Thoughts


Green: Recommended Content

Orange: The In-Between Ones

Red: Not Recommended


By Aswin Bharadwaj

Founder and editor of Lensmen Reviews.

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