Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) movie review - Aussieboyreviews


Birdman is an excellent Broadway production comedy-drama with bright stars, humour and superb direction. This movie is very entertaining and the cinematography is perfectly suitable.


Fading superhero actor Riggan Thomson tries to rescue his washed-up career by writing, directing and playing a role in his own Broadway production to prove he still maintains talent in the arts.

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Movie details

Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu
Cast: Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts
Writer: Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris Jr., Armando Bó
Release Date (Australia): 15 January 2015
Runtime: 119 minutes/1h 59m
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Language: English

CONTENT GUIDE (warning: May contain spoilers)

Themes (M)

Thematic material includes suicide, drug addiction and mental hallucinations.

Violence (M)

The film contains scenes of violence, including depictions of simulated shootings and blood sprays, as well as a scene in which an object falls on a man’s head.

Coarse Language (MA15+)

The film includes frequent use of the word “f**k” throughout, in addition to use of “s**t”, “c**ksucker”, “**shole” and “bitch”.

Drug Use (M)

The film contains verbal references to drugs and drug addiction, as well as a scene in which a man smokes a marijuana joint.

Nudity (PG)

There are depictions of male buttocks nudity.

Sex (M)

The film contains moderate verbal references to sex.

mpaa rating

R (for language throughout, some sexual content and brief violence)

Aussie boy's thoughts

Birdman is an excellent movie about a Broadway production, so the stage-like cinematography and camerawork is very suitable for the story. This film is highly entertaining, very dramatic, often hilarious and is a brilliant idea worth all its talent.

The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance possesses a class of terrific stars, with Michael Keaton playing a fading superhero actor who tries to construct a Broadway production to get back at fame. Not only are the performances admirable, but the entire main cast is completely memorable. Keaton, as well as Norton, Stone, Watts, Riseborough and Galifianakis are utterly convincing as the crew of the production. Their performances in the situations make this film worth watching, other than the fact that it’s well-paced and’ll give you laughs.

Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper was a very big title in 2014 nominated for Best Picture, but the Academy Awards made the right decision by selecting Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance). Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s cinematography is breathtaking, but even better is the camerawork and long shots with very infrequent or cuts that fly over your head. But the most notable thing about this direction is how it very much suits the story.

But although there’s so much talent and perks throughout, this movie isn’t close to perfect. It starts off kind of stiffly, so there’s the big possibility that some audiences won’t attach even when it starts to pick up its pace and it will feel like a drag to sit through. Other than that, the sequences involving the mental hallucinations and the actual ‘Birdman’ just don’t have that much spark. However, these elements thankfully go unnoticed by the talents.

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