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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 Iñárritu
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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This is no tale told by an idiot — on the contrary, it’s a funny, fast-moving parable about fame and ambition, laid out for us with care and craft by a gifted filmmaker, a long-missed actor, and a world-class cinematographer. But I’m left with the suspicion the whole thing may signify — well, if not nothing, at least a good deal less than the filmmakers would have us believe.
(Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News)
Birdman proves that a movie — the grabbiest, most kinetic film ever made about putting on a play — can soar on the wings of its own technical prowess, even as the banality of its ideas threatens to drag it back down to earth.
(James Berardinelli, Reelviews)
This is not a film in need of creativity, passion or energy; what it needed was restraint, consideration and direction. This is not saying that Birdman is awful, or a debacle; there are superb scenes here, as well as excellent performance moments, but they get drowned out in the flood of Inarritu’s ambition, energy and fantasies.
(David Edelstein, New York Magazine)
Birdman is the very definition of a tour de force, and Inarritu’s overheated technique meshes perfectly with the (enjoyable) overacting — the performers know this is a theatrical exercise and obviously relish the chance to Do It Big. But what comes out of the characters’ mouths is not so fresh.
(Xan Brooks, Guardian)

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