Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Genre:  Comedy
Running Time:  119 min.
Release Date: October 24, 2014 - Vancouver, Toronto
DVD: February 17, 2015

Current rating: Rating: 3.30
based on 122 votes and 44 reviews
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Cast: Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts

Synopsis

Movie star Riggan Thomson (Michael Keaton), who became famous for playing iconic superhero Birdman in three successful installments but turned down a fourth one, has decided to stage a comeback by writing, directing and starring in a Broadway play.

Pressures mount leading up to the play's opening night. The day before the first preview of the play, he realizes he has to replace one of the actors, who is not up to the job. However, his replacement (Edward Norton), though famous and talented, comes with troubles of his own. Meanwhile, Riggan feels guilt about being a neglectful father to his daughter (Emma Stone), who's now working as his assistant. He also desperately wants the top critic in New York, who could make or break his play, to write a positive review, but he's worried the entire production will be a bust.

Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu
Studio: Fox Searchlight Pictures
Producer(s): Arnon Milchan, James W. Skotchdopole, Alejandro González Iñárritu, John Lesher
Screenplay: Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr., Armando Bo
Official Site: BirdmantheMovie.com

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  • 5 stars "If you didn't like this movie, stick to the Avengers, or any other idiotic super hero fare that comes out for the brain dead who just want to sit there with their mouths gaping open, saying "Wow. Cool!""
  • 5 stars "People who don't like this movie either have low IQs or have no interest in theatre (and why they would go see a movie about a theatre production when they have no interest still denotes a certain stupidity)."
  • 1 star "A movie about unlikable, self-absorbed show folk drowning in problems entirely of their own making. A long tedious, pretentious slog. One of the worst movies I've ever seen. Every frame is dripping with smug self-satisfaction."