(Copied from Facebook post, 1 Jan 2015)
We saw BIRDMAN today, the film starring Michael Keaton as a fading action hero movie star trying to redeem himself by staging a Broadway adaptation of Raymond Carver’s short story “What We Talk About When We Talk About Love”; starring also Edward Norton, Emma Stone, Zach Galifianakis, Naomi Watts, and Lindsay Duncan (as the vicious theater critic); directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu. It resembles the film BLACK SWAN it its subject of artistic obsession and its style that blends fantasy and reality, with mixed signals about whether the fantasy is entirely in the mind of the protagonist or not. This blurring of perception is underscored by the film’s staging as a more-or-less continuous take, with only lacunae for lapses of time, aside from a few short scenes at the very beginning and end. Technically stunning, the film is also a provocative examination of the fuzzy boundaries between creativity, obsession, and imaginary powers.
And, as Terry Bisson commented to my Facebook post, it’s very funny.