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Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

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  Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Review
Tookey's Rating
4 /10
 
Average Rating
8.13 /10
 
Starring
Michael Keaton , Naomi Watts, Zach Galifianakis
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Directed by: Alejandro González Ińárritu
Written by: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Alexander Dinelaris, Armando Bo,Nicolas Giacobone

 
 
 
Released: 2014
   
Genre: DRAMA
BLACK COMEDY
FANTASY
OVERRATED
COMEDY
   
Origin: US
   
Length: 119
 
 


 
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Lots of films claim to be different. Birdman is.
(Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle)
This is a remarkable feat, not only of cinematography, but of choreography. Just to film Michael Keaton and Edward Norton walking down a Manhattan street, everything had to be timed as in a dance — when the camera swirls ahead, when it goes behind, when it swoops back around. It’s all accomplished so smoothly that it would be worth doing merely as a stunt, except this is no stunt. This method carries the mood and soul of one of the best movies of 2014.
(Ann Hornaday, Washington Post)
The bravura gestures work gorgeously in Birdman, as does the humor, which playfully balances the film’s most mystical, contemplative ideas with a steady stream of inside jokes and well-calibrated shifts in tone and dynamics.
(Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic)
Birdman is a treat. But it's also more than that. It's a full-fledged wonder.
(Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times)
Birdman is everything you want movies to be: vital, challenging, intellectually alive, visually stunning, emotionally affecting. And welcome back to the big time, Mr. Keaton; you have been sorely missed.
(Steve Persall, Tampa Bay Times)
Everything about Birdman is a bold cinematic stretch, from its snare-jazz soundtrack to a climax regrettably stretched too far. The line between Inarritu's genius and Riggan's madness gets crossed once too many, but no matter. Birdman has 99 virtues and ignorance isn't one.
(Mike Scott, New Orleans Times-Picayune)
From the first line of its deep, rapid-fire dialog all the way through to its trippy ending - which is guaranteed prompt discussion on the drive home - Inarritu has crafted a film that begs to be rewatched, with the promise of each repeated viewing bringing something new.
(Marc Mohan, Portland Oregonian)
The thrilling cinematic joyride that, among other improbable feats, puts Michael Keaton, as Thomson, smack in the middle of the Oscar race for best actor.
(Ty Burr, Boston Globe)
This is a strange and beautiful and unique film, one of the best movies of the year.
(Kimberley Jones, Austin Chronicle)
Birdman is a complete blast from start to finish.
(Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer)
With its improvisatory score (drummer Antonio Sanchez provides a hustling backbeat throughout), its seamless shots, its leaps into the surreal, and then back again into the excruciating, embarrassing real, Birdman ascends to the greatest of heights.
(Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times)
This pitch-dark comedy, which was directed, con brio, by Alejandro G. Inarritu, sizzles as the camera circles, stalks and swoops. Emmanuel Lubezki’s friction-free cinematography constitutes a virtuoso turn in its own right in a production that’s strewn with superb performances, some of them loud and bold, others subtle and restrained.
(Manohla Dargis, New York Times)
Inarritu ditches time-hopping bleakness for a linear, if loopy, satire that buzzes with brio. If Mel Brooks, John Cassavetes and Terry Zwigoff co-directed a superhero movie, this might be it.
(Ian Freer, Empire)
A triumph on every creative level, from casting to execution.
(Cath Clarke, Time Out)
Spectacular, star-powered cinema that makes us ask anew what cinema is for. Call it a Dark Knight of the soul.
(Robbie Collin, Daily Telegraph)
As exhilarating a flight of fantasy as you're likely to see anytime soon.
(Anthony Lane, New Yorker)

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