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Birdman Review

Birdman Rating: 4.2/5

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Ratings:4.5/5 Review By:  Rajeev Masand Site:CNN IBN
There’s a real joy that comes from watching a smart film…from listening to crackling dialogue delivered by terrific actors who’re at the top of their game. Birdman, co-written and directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu, is easily one of the smartest films you’ll see. I’m going with four-and-a-half out of five for Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman. It’s an entirely different beast from his previous gems Amores Perros and Babel, but it’s a film so smart, it’ll leave you giddy with pleasure.
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Ratings:4.5/5 Review By:  Anupama Chopra Site:Filmcompanion
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Ratings:4/5 Review By:  Troy Riberio Site:NDTV
Birdman is an intense, tantalising and tragic dramedy. It stands out as a unique film that spurs your mental quotient and it has an uncanny resemblance to the premise of the Hindi film, Ankhon Dekhi directed by Rajat Kapoor. Both films are an art house exploration of imperfect people struggling to navigate their lives.
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Ratings:4/5 Review By:  Rohit Khilnani Site:India Today
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu creates magic in front of your eyes. The setting around the theatre gives the film a real feel. Each and every member of the cast plays a crucial role. The style of shooting makes Birdman different from other films.Birdman is unexpectedly funny and a thoroughly entertaining film.
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Ratings:4/5 Review By: Mohar Basu Site:Times Of India (TOI)
It's a riveting portrayal of a fading superhero star who is used as a prop to understand the workings of prestige, power games and how fame's intoxication can soon wear out into futility and redundancy. Michael Keaton brings palpability to this tailor-made role, in which he seems to mirror his prior experience of playing Batman in two successful stints, only to bow out of it over artistic principles.Birdman, in its 122 minutes' runtime, transforms into exhilarating cinema that gives a heady rush.
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    A cinematic bliss! Extremely Heartwarming!![4.5/5]

    A Critic from The Times is all geared up to knock down one’s first tryout at theatre-production with a bad bad review. She hasn’t even been to any of the previews yet. The actor-director gives her back a hard time for being impolite, uninformed and ruthless about one’s massive efforts behind it. And then, comes the concluding line of the heated conversation, “you aren’t an actor. You are a movie-star.” The man at the receiving end is a washed-up actor famed & framed in typecast for playing a superhero all his life and now, his next move is to make a thriving comeback with a Broadway adaptation of a seasoned short-story. The invited struggle was supposed to be for breaking one’s comfort zone and making him easily placed in mainstream but it turns out to be a clash of ego, self-centric image and mental baggage of past riding on head.

    Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s BIRDMAN OR [THE UNEXPECTED VIRTUE OF IGNORANCE] is a smart, witty, sharp and awesomely entertaining journey of a faded superstar trying to search for a new identity in the changing times. Riggan [Michael Keaton] was the most popular in 90s. His movies where he would lock up himself in a bird suit to create Birdman- the superhero have been in the list of all time top-grossers but today, he’s hardly there. He holds no Facebook page. He doesn’t know how to handle a Twitter account. His last hope to survive the struggle to exist is the Broadway production he’s acting in and directing.

    BIRDMAN OR [THE UNEXPECTED VIRTUE OF IGNORANCE] is filled with dark humor coming from left, right and center. Smartly written dialogues are performed with such ease and with barely any hint of pre-conceived realization that you need to be on your toes all the time to not miss any of the punches. Film is edited sharply and astutely in such manner that the whole film looks like a one continuous shot film. It amazes you with the kind of precision one could only imagine while writing, shooting, acting and editing such flawless film. Film has a certain mysterious outlook with added surreal elements of a fantasy flick and the grasping music by the celebrated drummer Antonio Sanchez perfectly adds complementing flavors to that.

    As an overtly enthusiast and an actor craving for perfection in his performance till the levels of madness, Edward Norton gives us the most unpredictable yet reliably most entertaining character in the film. Beware! As to make it look more real, he has just tried to have real sex with his on-stage co-actor [Naomi Watts] in a full-house theatre. Emma Stone plays the rehabbed daughter to Riggan efficiently. Zach Galifianakis’ role of the play-producer is a controlled performance with its own share of giggling moments. Naomi Watts, Amy Ryan and Andrea Riseborough too mark their presence felt but the one who gives it all is unquestionably Michael Keaton. As an actor torn and tattered between his successful past and almost non-existing present, Keaton wears the pain and the pun both on his expressive muscles with a powerful performance. This is my pick at the Oscars for the Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role.

    With invariable mentions of Hollywood celebrities, cleverly witty remarks on them, settings of stage-rehearsals, inter-personal conflicts between actors sharing the same platform, inhibitions, insecurities, identity-crisis and the undying urge to be on the front page and not on the third, BIRDMAN OR [THE UNEXPECTED VIRTUE OF IGNORANCE] is a perfect Hollywood film, set in Hollywood and about Hollywood. DO NOT MISS IT as Inarritu gives his best shot, so does Keaton! A Masterstroke, extremely heartwarming!! [4.5/5]


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