Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) is a 2014 American dark comedy Wiki writes. Comedy?
Whatever you do, consider your frame of mind before you watch this sad, getting sadder film. Keaton plays a faded Hollywood actor famous for his superhero role struggling to mount a Broadway adaptation of a Raymond Carver story. (Wiki)
I don’t care how many people like Birdman which is listed as a favorite this year with 9 Academy Award nominations including Best Picture, Director, Actor. No doubt about Michael Keaton winning Best Actor (though my choice would be Bradley Cooper!!). Nominations also for Best Supporting Actor Ed Norton who is always tops, and a stirring role played by Emma Stone, up for Best Supporting Actress. That doesn’t rule out other nominees for me. Not this year.
The problem I had with the film was, when it was over, I knew I didn’t want to see it again—that’s my test of a good film. While the storyline is valid, an older actor trying to find extend his fame when he played Birdman, causes him to miss the, what I consider, the finer things in life. His daughter would like to enjoy him and his wife would not have left if he could get over his “Birdman” role in his life. One does not have to be an actor, even a successful actor, to understand his feelings—or theirs.
Yes, the acting is superb. Yes, the filming is fantastic. But, for me the theme of the story was YUCK. And it led to more of the same. What I did enjoy was the soundtrack! Antonio Sanchez use of drums kept my attention. However, Wiki writes: On January 7, 2014, Antonio Sánchez was set to compose the music for the film. The soundtrack album was released on October 14, 2014.It was later disqualified for the Academy Award for Best Original Score, due to the ratio of classical music to original score.
WHAT? Listen to Sanchez!
How Sanchez will fare with his soundtrack will tell all.