Sunday, January 18, 2015

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Continuing to knock out the Oscar nominated films, Sharon and I went to see Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance). The film stars Michael Keaton with Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone, and Naomi Watts. Keaton plays a faded Hollywood actor famous for his superhero role struggling to mount a Broadway adaptation of a Raymond Carver story.

Birdman tied with The Grand Budapest Hotel for most Oscar nominations with nine, including Best Picture, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Original Screenplay, Cinematography and Best Actor for Michael Keaton. Emma Stone and Edward Norton were nominated in Best Supporting Acting categories. Alejandro González Iñárritu was nominated for Best Director.

Both Sharon and I enjoyed the film. I liked the way that much of the film was shot with handheld cameras and close-ups. I am fascinated to see it described as a dark comedy. I think Birdman is going to be a strong candidate for the best picture Oscar as well as several of the acting categories.

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