Film Micrœview #172: Birdman (2014)

11.27.2014 § Leave a comment

Rating: Shrug.

The continuous take blends theatrical medium specificity in with the filmic; I’m less equipped to comment on the play-within-the-film or the effect of the acting style in this playful playlike context. But the technicality balanced against the improvisation seemed odd. ’92 was Batman Returns; + the Bale impersonation, interestingly meta. Movie star as super hero. Godardian titles. Keaton’s character’s journey toward self-acceptance was great — the rest were only sketched. Crude, random, amusing, but not revelatory, and somewhat empty. Percussion was great but I actually preferred the string part of the score. Weirdly zeitgeisty at times.

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