Friday, October 31, 2014

Movies: Birdman

(Drivebycuriosity) - Do you enjoy stage plays? Are you interested in actors? Then you might like the movie  "Birdman" which is now running in selected US cinema theaters (imdb). 

An aging actor, who has been the star of a superhero movie trilogy, the "Birdman", tries a comeback with a reputable stage play on Broadway (this is a spoiler free blog. You can find a synopsis here wikipedia). While he has to deal with professional and private challenges he also gets spooked by his rich imagination and his memories of having been a cinematic super-hero. The kind of quirky movie touches many issues like aging, jealousy, ambition, professional rivalry and more.

I think Michael Keaton is the perfect cast as "Birdman". The actor, who became himself famous as "Batman", delivered a powerful and intense performance. Edward Norton, as an over self-confident and cocky colleague, and the enticing Emma Stone, as Birdman´s somewhat troubled daughter, fit perfect into this scenario.

But the most fun came from the cinematography by Emmanuel Lubezki, who had already won the Academy Award for Best Cinematography for his work on "Gravity" (driveby). The master of light delivered again cinema magic. I indulged in his awesome very long camera drives. The camera followed the actors almost wherever they went and sometimes circled around them, sucking the audience into the plot, almost intoxicating the viewers.

"Birdman" is a proof that Hollywood didn`t lose interest in making entertaining but respectable movies.

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