'Birdman' - Unconventional Style And Performances
Film: "Birdman"; Cast: Michael Keaton, Edward Norton, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone, Zach Galifianakis, Naomi Watts, Andrea Riseborough, Lindsay Duncan; Director: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu; Rating: ****
With an alternate title, "The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance," which appears in the movie's opening credits; "Birdman" is an intense, tantalising and tragic dramedy. It stands out as a unique film that spurs your mental quotient and it has an uncanny resemblance to the premise of the Hindi film, "Ankhon Dekhi" directed by Rajat Kapoor. Both films are an art house exploration of imperfect people struggling to navigate their lives.
While "Ankhon Dekhi" is the tale of a quixotic patriarch, "Birdman" is a tale of a fading superhero Riggan Thomson. Where, Thomson, who attained stardom based on his work in a string of comic book superhero films, "Birdman," is fighting his neurosis. The film showcases Riggan's personal demons that include his domestic issues and internal torment.
To revive his sagging image, Riggan Thomson, stages a comeback as a writer, director and actor by mounting a stage production of a Raymond Carver short story, "What We Talk About When We Talk About Love," on Broadway.