Birdman: Movie Review

Is it a Bird? Is it a Plane? Is it a Man? Is it a Birman on a Man?

Is it a Bird? Is it a Plane? Is it a Man? Is it a Birman on a Man?

How far would you go to protect – and in some cases – liberate your artistic integrity? What are the lengths you would go to; the terrains you’d cross to make your voice heard? What would you be willing to do?

Questions as such have been around for a very long time, answered loud and clear by such stalwarts in recent cinema as Christian Bale and Daniel Day Lewis, with their bold attempts at fitting into the characters they’ve played thus far. As far as popular cinema is concerned, one of the best films in the past decade to have covered such terrain is Darren Arronofsky’s acclaimed psychological drama-thriller Black Swan, having effectively driven the point home. Backed by 20th Century Fox’’s sister company Fox Searchlight Pictures, the movie was a thrilling, almost breathless account of an artist’s journey from vulnerability to desolation. It’s no surprise that the distribution company would want to cover similar ground again – a topic Birdman seems pretty adamant at putting through.

Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu, who’s known for the complex, breathless and compelling Babel, the film does seem to have a lot riding on it. Featuring an absolutely mind-blowing cast of characters like Michael Keaton, Emma Stone, Andrea Riseborough, Edward Norton and Zach Galifianakis among others, and co-written (alongside Iñárritu) by Nicolás Giacobone and Armando Bo – both known to have collaborated with the very director previously on Biutiful – alongside Alexander Dinelaris, the movie seems to have the term “promising” written all over it. Add to that the fairly intoxicating trailer that refuses to reveal what the movie’s up to, and the curiosity levels skyrocket across the roof.

And this is why I was right at the premiere screening of this film at the 11th Dubai International Film Festival, braving the almost insane crowd, attempting to get into the gorgeous screening venue in high anticipation of catching it.

– excerpt of the review by Ankit Ojha

I have breathlessly been waiting for this movie for so bloody long it just took the life out of me. The movie was a wonderful, emotionally elevating, thrilling, hilarious and jaw-dropping experience at the same time – save for some over-loud idiots sitting behind me who had no rhyme or reason and disturbed the HELL out of me during almost the whole screening. Fortunately enough, the power of the film was far too much for me to care a hoot about the douchebags. But if you REALLY want to know EXACTLY what made the movie tick, read more here: