Surreal, wordy and visually amazing, “Birdman” features a magnificent Michael Keaton in a storming performance guaranteed to move you.
Keaton plays a movie star who had a big hit with a super-hero franchise, but now longs for credibility on the stage in New York. As his on-screen daughter, Emma Stone is superb. Edward Norton and Lindsay Duncan are just two more brilliant actors in an extraordinary cast that manages a range that swings from pathos to scary to comic, all in one scene.
Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu is a genius and you either love the weird excesses of “Babel” and “Biutiful” or you don’t care for his peculiar yet unique vision. I appreciate his genius, but I remain puzzled and intrigued by what it all might mean. I know it’s meant to mean something grand, but I just get pulled along in the pretty pictures and I can’t figure it all out at all.
You will be talking about this for a long time to come. Know as little as possible going in, as you will get much more out of it if you haven’t read detailed reviews.
The Stratford East Picturehouse audience was wowed. Do see it, but prepare for long discussions about it afterwards.