First a disclaimer… I completely understand the hype and that everyone knows (well I actually don’t think a lot of the general public does know this, its not your fault) that Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu (Biutiful) is a favorite when it comes to award shows. Should Biutiful been given the awards and respect it deserved? Yes, but that doesn’t mean that digitally engineering a movie as one continuous shot deserves to be a front-runner for the Oscars.
Birdman is a really good movie and Michael Keaton (The Other Guys) was probably the best person to be at helm. As the first good Batman, Keaton’s past (even though he hasn’t fallen into normality) fits the role of portraying a washed up superhero named “Birdman”. With that being said, he does a great job in this role and the chemistry between him and the rest of the cast make me believe that this actually may be the best acting ensemble of the year.
The problem is, Edward Norton (The Grand Budapest Hotel), Zach Galifanakis (The Hangover), Emma Stone (Easy A), Naomi Watts (The Impossible) and Keaton have no satisfying place to go at the end of the film. They produce one the smartest comedies of the year (just behind The Grand Budapest Hotel) and honestly may even be one of the best comedies since 2012 (beat again by Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom). For all I know, Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice (also a comedy) trumps it (and it probably does).
Therefore, if you want one reason to see the film, it shouldn’t be because of the hype, or the Oscar praise, but since Innaritu is a genius (regardless of what I am saying), the film was shot in a way that it was one continuous shot – so there’s that.
By: Jonny Havey | Director & Producer