‘BiRDMAN OR (THE UNEXPECTED ViRTUE OF iGNORANCE)’ FEELS LiKE A VERY SPECiFiC TYPE OF THiNG THAT i LiKE

by Lisa Waugh

*I’m not yelling at you. This article is written entirely in the font style of the Birdman credits. Because I am insane.

i WENT TO SEE BiRDMAN AFTER THE HYPE DiED DOWN. NOT KNOWiNG A THiNG ABOUT iT. JUST…MiCHAEL KEATON. AND THAT’S THE BEST WAY TO GO iNTO ANY FiLM i THINK. iS MiCHAEL KEATON GOiNG TO BE iN THiS MOViE?

i HATE WATCHiNG TRAiLERS. THEY ARE DESiGNED TO MAKE SURE THERE ARE ASSES iN THE SEATS BUT ALL THEY DO iS iNSULT US. YOU SEE THE ENTiRE MOViE SO WHY BOTHER.

BUT BiRDMAN’S TRAiLER COULDN’T POSSiBLY TELL YOU WHAT YOU ARE ABOUT TO SEE.

iT’S A FiLM THAT WiLL STiCK WiTH YOU. LiKE iN YOUR GULLET. LiKE AN iTALiAN SEAGULL EATiNG A PLATE OF GNOCCHi.

Never too late to work it out, even by accident

Never too late to work it out, even by accident

THERE ARE MANY REASONS TO WATCH THiS FiLM. MAYBE YOU’RE A KEATON FAN, YOU LOVE MAKING FUN OF THEATRE PEOPLE OR YOU ENJOY EXCELLENT DiALOGUE AND CiNEMATOGRAPHY AND FiLMMAKiNG iN GENERAL. OR JUST EDWARD NORTON AND TANNiNG BEDS.

EVERY PERFORMANCE IS MASTERFUL. EVERY SiNGLE FUCKiNG ACTOR. 

BiRDMAN FEELS LiKE NEW YORK WHEN JEAN-MiCHEL BASQUiAT WAS SAMO WRiTTEN iN THE STREETS AND PSYCHOTiC JAZZ WAFTED UP FROM BASEMENTS. iT’S A WONDERFUL LiTTLE GRiTTY SLiCE OF THE CiTY SPRiNKLED WiTH THE NARCiSSiSM, DESPERATiON AND HiLARiTY OF FAME, POWERED BY THE VOiCES iN OUR HEADS.

iT’S ALSO ABOUT THE DARK CORNERS OF THE HUMAN MiND THAT MAY SEEM EViL BUT JUST MiGHT BE OUR BEST CHANCE OUT OF THE MADNESS. AND LETTiNG GO. AND FOURTH CHANCES. AND WHY BREAD iN A SANDWiCH iS OVERRATED.

i LOVED EVERY SEEMiNGLY-UNBROKEN FRAME OF iT. MY WRiTER FRiEND, KAREN, DESCRiBED THE FiLM LiKE “WATER RUNNiNG DOWNHiLL iN A STREAM.”

YES.

i’M SURE BiRDMAN WiLL RANKLE SOME. ANNOY OTHERS. AND i REALLY DON’T THiNK WE CAN BE FRiENDS. iT’S NOT EXACTLY A DEAL BREAKER LiKE iF YOU ENJOYED THE BOONDOCK SAiNTS OR WATCHED PRiSON BREAK. BUT iT’S CLOSE.

i DON’T TEND TO GET MUCH OUT OF PEOPLE WHO DON’T LiKE CULTY, WEiRDLY ELEGANT FiLMS THAT DON’T WRAP UP NEATLY. OR WHEN THEY DO, iT’S STiLL iN A EUROPEAN WAY. i GUESS THAT’S WHY WE NEEDED ALEJANDRO GONZÁLEZ IÑÁRRiTU.

HE’S HAD ME SINCE BABEL. ALTHOUGH MANY WiLL SAY THEY WERE GRABBED BY 21 GRAMS. iT WAS OKAY. BiUTiFUL WAS THE REAL CLENCHER FOR ME.

SO HiS SCREENPLAY – ALONG WITH CO-WRiTERS NiCOLÁS GiACOBONE, ALEXANDER DiNELARiS AND ARMANDO BO – AND DiRECTiON ZiGS FROM THE AVERAGE AMERiCAN EXPECTATiON. WHiCH i LiKE. MAYBE MORE THAN ANYTHiNG ELSE. EXCEPT FOR WRiTiNG, MY HUSBAND AND PiCTURES OF TUBAS.

Emma Stone and Edward Norton were great together

Emma Stone and Edward Norton were great together. No one sucked in this movie.

iT’S HARD FOR ME TO GET TO THE MOViE THEATER ANYMORE TO SEE A BLOCKBUSTER. NORMALLY, iM LET DOWN. SO i WAiT FOR NETFLiX OR FORGET TO WATCH iT OR BUY/RENT iT ON iTUNES SO i CAN RAGE SPiRAL PRiVATELY WHEN GODZiLLA iS iN HiS OWN FiLM FOR 8 MiNUTES.

BiRDMAN iS WORTH SEEiNG iN THE THEATER. iT WRAPS AROUND YOU LiKE A WARM AND CRAZY BLANKET AND WHiSPERS iN YOUR EAR.

iF YOU HAVE A NUTSO BOUGEY HOME THEATER AND NO ONE TALKS, iT MiGHT BE THE SAME EXPERiENCE. i DON’T KNOW. i JUST HAVE A BASiC LiViNG ROOM AND A LARGE TV WE GOT ON SALE FROM COSTCO.

CAW.

A scene…if you want to take a peek.

Featured image illustration: Peter Strain

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