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Birdman (Or, The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu

USA, 2014

Cornerhouse, 4 January 2015

Birdman

One of those dazzling cinematic visions that defy description.

The story is that of a Hollywood actor, famous for playing a superhero character, who takes his adaptation of a Raymond Carver story to Broadway.  He directs and stars in the play as well.  Hubris and/or celebration awaits.

You have a film about theatre, exploring the relations between life and art, reality and performance.  It is an edgy comedy, a fretful drama, and a film that only Michael Keaton could have starred in.  He is supported by several actors at the top of their game, among them Edward Norton.

Two films already this year and both strike me as being masterpieces.  Will I be lucky a third time?

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