Movie of the week: Birdman (or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Just when we thought Michael Keaton wouldn’t dare step into a superhero outfit, he picks now to make a comeback. Sort of. Michael Keaton is done playing Batman though. Instead, his latest role is that of Riggan Thompson, a washed up action movie star known for playing the popular superhero known as Birdman. Thompson has fallen from the grace of his glory days for some reason or another, so in a move of desperation to reclaim what he has lost, he has invested everything into a Broadway play about his iconic character to rejuvenate his career and must overcome his own demons and the drama of his own friends and family in order to return to relevance. Academy Award nominated director Alejandro González Iñárritu‘s directed and co-wrote the screenplay with Nicolás Giacobone, Armando Bo and Alexander Dinelaris and features a cast including Edward Norton, Zack Galifianakis, Emma Stone, Amy Ryan and Naomi Watts. This week at the movies is “Birdman (or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance).”

What am I expecting to see?: I have heard nothing but good news regarding this feature. Alejandro González Iñárritu has earned tremendous respect since directing “Babel” years ago and he looks like he is about to strike gold with this film. Michael Keaton and Edward Norton in particular look as if they are top contenders in the Awards circuit for the Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor categories and Emmanuel Lubezki’s visually gorgeous cinematography looks like it hasn’t lost its magic after “Gravity.” This looks like a story that is both sharp, funny, in your face and the cast looks really strong. “Birdman (or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance),” looks like a top contender at the Oscars next year. This movie looks like it has the proper narrative and visual balance to resemble a prestigious spectacle.

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