"Birdman" is a surrealistic view of show business, and it's successes and failures.
It's imagination is endless.
The intensity of it's performances can be overwhelming at times.
So much so, that when it isn't, the film tends to drag a little.
On to the scoring:
Is it interesting?
Mostly. But there are chatty respites between characters that are relatively less than interesting.
Is it controversial?
Only to people directly involved in show business.
Is it a story worth telling?
I think it is.
Is it good storytelling?
For the most part, but there is this major, MAJOR story hole that happens near the very end of the film that nearly brings it down entirely.
In fantasy based TV shows, in order for there to be some semblance of working, you have to stay within the framework of whatever fantasy has been set up.
You have to buy into the fact that Samantha Stevens has witch-like powers. But everything else had to adhere to that reality.
In "My Mother, The Car", you had to make the buy that Jerry Van Dyke's mother was in fact, a car.
And what makes that show the worst thing to ever hit the airwaves is that they consistently violated their own reality.
Now, "Birdman" is certainly a far cry better than "My Mother, The Car", but it makes the same transgression.
I won't turn it into a spoiler alert but anyone who wants to e-mail me about it at firstname.lastname@example.org can hear me sound off about it in relative privacy.
Is it well written?
The dialogue is thoroughly superb.
Is it well cast? Well played?
Michael Keaton is kinetic and awesome. A fabulous choice.
Edward Norton is more impressive every time I see him.
Is it too long? Too short?
The lulls in the action makes it feel a little long, but not very.
And soon enough, we're back to the intensity.
Is it believable? Do you care about the characters?
Within it's frame work, it is, and I do, until, like I said, almost the very end.
Is it predictable? Does it surprise you?
Constantly unpredictable, and utterly surprising, though not always in a good way.
Do you think about it after you've seen it?
As I have experienced some of the things depicted, it truly resonates.
Is it funny?
Would it have been worth the thirteen bucks it would have cost to see it in the movies?
It didn't need any more than my 60 inch plasma screen.
Is it impressive ?
I was taken with the ambitiousness of it all.
Overall grade: B+.
If you can get past the quizzical ending, it's certainly worth your time.
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- mark rothman
- Hi. I am, according to my Wikipedia entry,(which I did not create) a noted television writer, playwright, screenwriter, and occasional actor. You can Google me or go to the IMDB to get my credits, and you can come here to get my opinions on things, which I'll try to express eloquently. Hopefully I'll succeed. You can also e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Perhaps my biggest claim to fame is being responsible, for about six months in 1975, while Head Writer for the "Happy Days" TV series, for Americans saying to each other "Sit on it."