Thursday, November 27, 2014

Birdman: Monday, November 24 2014

As we walked into the Varsity Cineplex, one of my friends was told by a staff member that Birdman is a strange film. Just over an hour after it began, Rosemary and Karen gave their criticism by walking out. Maureen wanted to stay, so I stayed too. We were curious enough to want to know how this weird film ended. Afterwards, Maureen said she had to process it before she could give an opinion on it.

Birdman) or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) is 2014 American black comedy. Co-written, produced, and directed by Alejandro Gonzalea Inarritu, the film is about neurotic, immature people producing a successful play on Broadway, New York, NY. Michael Keaton plays Riggan Thomson as Birdman.

Surely all actors and theatre people aren't like the characters depicted in this film? They are totally self-centred, shallow, unhappy, abusers of their bodies with drugs of all sorts, not in the least admirable, and not people easily identified with.

Christy Lemire on Roger Ebert's website, says of Inarritu, "He’s made a film that’s both technically astounding yet emotionally rich, intimate yet enormous, biting yet warm, satirical yet sweet." Rotten Tomatoes gives it a 94% rating. gives it almost a 9 out of 10. This is a film that people in the film industry think of highly. Direction, acting are all good, apparently, although Maureen and I thought the acting was theatrical. That means overacted, which really showed on the screen as it wouldn't on the stage. On the other hand, they were meant to be putting on a stage play after all. I seem to remember lots of camera trips down long corridors, up and down stairs, and apparently this was good direction. The film is meant to be one continuous action, and this is applauded by the critics as very clever. I found it a bit boring.

Some people in the Cineplex were laughing, so I guessed it must be funny. It would appear I am not "into" black comedy". I didn't understand it, and didn't find anything in the film funny at all. It would appear that it was made for the film industry, not for the general public.

This definitely is a strange film from my point of view.

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