Birdman: What’s with all the hype?

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I was pretty excited to watch this movie since it got a lot of hype and some excellent reviews. I was also really intrigued by its plot, which plays so true to the life of Michael Keaton and his career; having played “Batman” in 1989 and it’s sequel “Batman Returns” in 1992. However, I have to say for me this movie was kind of a disappointment… I know a lot of you will disagree with me and I totally understand. Maybe I just didn’t “get-it” but I found myself rather confused by the choice of cinematography. From the ‘one-shot’ scenes to the camera following the characters room-to-room and worst of all that internal voice that Michael Keaton was struggling with the entire time, really annoyed me. There were points throughout the movie where I was literally wondering what the heck was going on!

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I do have to give this movie credit for having had a different style of cinematography but I think my eyes, as a “non-critical film viewer”, were not trained properly for this.

Still, I think it will do well at the Oscars because the academy loves its cinematography and the story is pretty on point with Michael Keaton’s life. There is a lot of exposure to the “behind the scenes” of an actors not so glamorous life which is another thing the academy Loves. All in all, this movie has a high Oscar probability, personally though I would give it  4/10.

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  1. lebeau says:

    I have been saying the same thing for a while now. Yes, Birdman is a very pretty movie with a very talented cast giving very loud and attention-grabbing performances. But at the end of the day, it doesn’t make a lot of sense. When I make this point, I tend to get a lot of semi-snooty responses that some movies raise more questions than they answer which is something I completely understand. I like a movie that challenges me as a viewer. But ultimately, I don’t think that’s what’s going on here with Birdman. I think Birdman is all flash and no substance.

    I challenge any Birdman fans out there to explain to me what Birdman is all about. Because all I see is a lot of mixed messages. On the one hand, the movie condemns mainstream Hollywood movies, social media, regular media and critics (critics very heavily). But at the end of the day, Keaton’s character owes his redemption (if indeed that is what the ending represents) to all of these things he has ranted against.

    At the beginning of the movie, Keaton’s character has basically squandered his life and his career by ignoring his family and leaving the Birdman franchise for presumably artier movies. But by the end, it appears that his status quo had changed even though he has continued to make the same kind of choices that ruined him in the first place.

    I hope Keaton wins the Oscar for Best Actor as it’s a good performance and he is overdue for some recognition. But I think the movie itself is overhyped. I think a lot of people are afraid to admit it doesn’t make sense because they are afraid they will appear to “no get it” but in this case, I don’t think there is really anything to get.

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    1. parparvan says:

      lebeau wow!! I couldnt have said it better myself!! Bravo!!! and sooo on point 🙂

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