One, you appreciate college when you only have to pay 1 dollar to see an Oscar-worthy film.
Two, you know it was mind blowing when more than half the audience leaves the theatre, thinking “What the hell just happened?”
Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu
Starring Michael Keaton, Emma Stone, Zach Galifianakis, Naomi Watts, Edward Norton
Like Riggan says:
A thing is a thing, not what is said of that thing.
I also might have thought way too much during this movie just to keep up with what was going on. But that’s okay – this is probably a film that will set the guidelines for future film-making.
Watch out, Hollywood. Try to match this.
And it’s nice to know that there’s a movie out there that’s being nominated for an award that doesn’t have a clear-cut storyline. That doesn’t follow the mainstream story telling or technical camera movements. That doesn’t conform.
That’s what makes you special. And it’s extremely difficult to even try to be special in this period of time, when most ideas (that we can think of) have already been exhibited and displayed.
Now, here we shall start the actual review:
- This was all filmed in ONE shot. This is when you begin to ask yourself dumb questions like, “Did they film all of this in one day?” Because the transitions between scenes were extremely smooth and easy to follow; it’s hard to adjust at the beginning but with the amazing use of steady-cam (really more directors should use this feature smh), it’s sort of phenomenal how all the cinematography was done. Because of this idea of having only one shot, you can get the idea that the director may have formally been a theatre director, where you can’t have closed curtain calls randomly in between scenes, since it is on stage. In this case, you don’t cut to multiple camera shots. Using this idea of having one shot, the director is also able to take advantage of this use by making it seem like you’re stepping into the shoes of the characters as they walk down the hall or a close-up shot of the acting on stage during the movie.
- Every character had their own story. Which made the existence of multiple miniature themes all fitting into this one big puzzle. Riggan used to be a famous actor who played “Birdman”, but has now become irrelevant and is obsessed with becoming known and well-appreciated for his work through a new play that he wrote. Sam just got out of rehab and is annoyed with her parents for trying to care for her too much because she doesn’t think she’s special. Leslie has only wanted to be on Broadway and be known, but after years of hard work, she has never reached that point.
It goes like this for almost all the characters but it all comes down to one fact: you can want as much as you want to be something that you’re not, but then you’ll never appreciate or fully accept who you are at that exact moment. You should learn to be satisfied with yourself, because otherwise, you never will be.
- You shouldn’t give a fuck about what other people say to or about you. This theme centers more around Riggan, himself, who wants to bring back his figure from “Birdman” as the famous, well-known and talented actor. He spends a majority of the movie trying to satisfy critics and taking every opportunity he can to make sure that his play is perfect so the audience will appreciate him. However, he shouldn’t have been thinking any of this because obsessing over these little details only made him more mentally insane and destroyed all his opportunities, causing everyone in his vicinity to hate him.
- Your problems are not as big of a deal as you think they are. Sam (Emma Stone) has this toilet paper roll where she draws lines on it, each one representing the people in the population over the time that the universe has existed (which is extremely long). When she rips a piece of the toilet paper off, that piece of paper is the human race within that time period, which shows how small we really are in comparison to the world. This metaphorically traced back to the idea that everyone in this movie makes such a fucking big deal of their problems. For example, Riggan constantly throws shit around his room and destroys furniture to release his anger, when there really is no reason to do so. Doing so, as a matter of fact, doesn’t change anything about the world and, if anything, probably makes things worse. Your problems are so miniscule that they’re not worth yelling and throwing a fit about.
- Intended confusion can raise the merits of a movie. The ending was the most confusing part, but I think I got it. I’m not going to spoil it for those of you who haven’t seen it, but I think that Riggan was able to rise above all this passive aggressive anger that he was having and learns his lesson. However, this last scene can be seen in many different ways, but I guess that’s the beauty of this movie, in particular.
Have you seen Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Innocence)? If so, what did you think of it? Comment!