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Re: “Movie review: Birdman soars despite some turbulence

It is easy to reduce this film to its several themes, but not as easy to explain why it so convincingly integrates them into a thrilling piece of art. In such a small maze-like space, Birdman leads us to contemplate the grotesque inanity of public taste, the desperate yearning for recognition and love, the agonizing insecurity of the actor willing to risk everything for validation, the relationship between self destruction and ambition, and the disintegration of a human psyche.

The movie recounts Michael Keaton's psychotic transformation from barely functioning artist into the all powerful cartoon figure "Birdman" . Riggan no longer exists at the end of the film. He has died psychologically and probably physically when he jumps out a window in his hospital room attempting to fly with his fellow birds. It is a brutal, intense journey unbearable to witness but fascinating to watch, superbly acted by all the cast.

I have always measured the quality of a movie by the duration of conversations it inspires among family and friends. We will talk about this one for a long time. It is memorable.

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Posted by sholokov on 11/01/2014 at 11:05 PM

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