Birdman captures its audience as an intensely truthful, yet darkly humorous film.
The story follows a “used-to-be” superhero movie star, Riggan Thomson (Michael Keaton), as he attempts to showcase his talents on Broadway and thus proving to himself that he is still accepted and adored.
His daughter (Emma Stone), his group of actors, and his agent/attorney (Zach Galifinakis) attempt to ground Riggan as he underestimates the task he has taken upon himself.
The filmography itself is used purposely to make viewers watch the film in a certain way. Instead of choppy and all over the place shots, Alejandro Inarritu, the director, seamlessly pieces ten to fifteen minute clips together to depict an undisturbed flow.
In addition, the sound production compliments the smoothly directed film clips. Whether they used a deep voice to signify that a voice of consciousness was speaking, or shooting a scene away from the action so one could only heard the muffled sounds of screams—viewers were always on the edge of their seats, waiting to see what was going to happen next.
Edward Norton, plays the egotistical, social-media savvy, Mike Shiner, delivers a less than clichéd performance of an actor who takes his acting a little bit too seriously. Emma Stone conveys a thought provoking and intense monologue, in which she makes watchers wonder if their existence in this world holds any importance.
The cast as a whole fully committed to their characters, which further kept audiences captivated.
Not only is Birdman a film that will please the self-righteous hipster that thinks they know everything about film and the theatre, but it will also satisfy the everyday moviegoer.
With its sarcastic humor and compelling dramatic scenes, Birdman opens peoples’ eyes to see how much we rely on social media and our need to “go viral”. Birdman calls to attention this need for fame, and forces people begin to believe that maybe that fame isn’t what they’re really after.