December 28th, 2014

eyes black and white

Birdman

"A washed-up actor who once played an iconic superhero must overcome his ego and family trouble as he mounts a Broadway play in a bid to reclaim his past glory" says the IMDB tagline. If in addition to that, I tell you that it sports a cluster of stars and is done in magical realist style with a continuous shot, you can probably fill in the blanks and write the movie yourself. It's formulaic as hell; it just remixes a lot of well-known tropes; it's yet another annoying movie by actors about actors. And still, in the end, it manages to be quite a good reasonably original movie. Script-writer, director, actors, cameramen, SFX engineers, and all crew members know what they are doing and they do it well, and bring about their own mix of the known elements. Just as importantly, they also know what they're not good at, and don't even try, thus sparing us the lame rationalizations or the patronizing propaganda present in so many other movies "with a message". Just relax, wear the shoes of Michael Keaton, and let the emotions flow through you (the medium is the massage). Quite a decent movie worth watching once, if not twice — but not more. Note: 7