Bad Movies Beware!
Time for something new!
I’ve had quite a few of you ask me the same question over the years: “Have you ever done a serious review?”
Well, not really.
I mean, I’m serious on all of my reviews, really. These movies are just that f**king bad. But, from what I’m getting from y’all, you want me to do a serious, informed review on a film.
What better movie to try it on than Birdman?
Michael Keaton stars as Riggan Thompson, a washed-up former comic book movie star who has decided to write a play based on a book he read years before. Right off the bat, if you’re rather savvy with a little bit of abnormal psychology, you’ll discover that Riggan is schizophrenic. Birdman is the voice he hears, constantly telling him about how great he used to be, and how everything he’s doing now is a worthless lie.
Riggan also seems to display the same telekinetic powers as Birdman supposedly possessed. We find out, also quickly, that it is in his mind. On top of being undiagnosed schizophrenic, Riggan also balances the stress of an upcoming Broadway premier, a horrific male diva who is demanding and abusive, and an aloof daughter who has spent her life without her father.
Also playing in the movie is Zack Galafanakis of The Hangover. He plays Riggan’s best friend, producer, and attorney.
I hate to go into an entire dialogue about the events in the film because it’s so complex that most everything I put into the review would spoil different twists and turns that this movie uses to move forward into the next action.
VERDICT: HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
This film was given to me under the pretense that it was bad and worthy of a good Fail-Flixing. In all honesty, this film is actually one of the best movies I’ve seen in a while, and here are all the reasons why.
The acting, first off, is absolutely phenomenal. Each character is portrayed perfectly in each and every scene. Emma Stone does the “distant daughter who is in and out of rehab” very well, and I just can’t rave enough about Galfanakis and Keaton in this movie. They bounce off of each other well and have very good on-screen chemistry. Keaton also performs masterfully off of Edward Norton, who plays the egotistical control diva, Mike, in the movie.
The score is done almost completely in jazz drum riffs, and most of the scenes are in the “one-shot” camera style that is growing in popularity. The jazz drummer also appears here and there in some scenes as an effective way to break the fourth wall rather than having the characters speak directly to the audience.
The ending. Ah, the ending.
I’ll warn you now: this movie does not have a clear-cut ending. It leaves it up to you to determine the off-camera outcome, which can be dissatisfying for some, but no one can deny that it’s intriguing as hell.
Yeah, it’s a shorty review. But, when I’ve got nothing but good things to say about a movie, it’s hard to be funny and go at length about the film since I really think that you need to sit down and watch it.
Now, now. I promise the next one will be a funny. The upcoming movie is utter gar-bitch. But, while you wait on your guffaws and hijinks, give Birdman a serious look. This movie stands to be the most intelligent film I’ve watched this year and speaks a lot to me as I have background in theater. In fact, I urge anyone who has stage background to look into this movie because it speaks a lot of very real truths about what goes on behind the curtain.