Film review | Birdman

January 19, 2015

Walking past the cinema in Newtown yesterday, it was decided that we would go and see Birdman. A couple of $10 Optus movie tickets later and we were sitting in the air conditioned cinema, out of the heat.

We chose to see Birdman. I had no prior knowledge of the film and had no idea of what it was about. From IMDB:

“A washed up actor, who once played an iconic superhero, battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, his career and himself in the days leading up to the opening of a Broadway play”.

I was surprised to see Zach Galifianakis in the film and even more surprised to see he played a somewhat serious role – definitely outside the realm of what I have seen him act in recently.

The film is certainly an offbeat one and is very thought provoking. I admit to not really knowing what was going on in some scenes and trying to piece others together. It is a film that needs to be watched maybe two or three times to truly understand what is going on.

The main character, Riggan (played by Michael Keaton), is in my opinion quite a likeable character, albeit a strange one. The storyline follows his journey in creating and opening a Broadway play and the trials and tribulations he faces along the way. Though that appears to be the main storyline, it is what is left unsaid that is intriguing. There are a few scenes that leave you thinking ‘what the heck’ , but those aside, it really is a good film.

I recommend this film if you enjoy films that are a little different.

Have you seen Birdman? What were your thoughts?

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