When I did my Report Card on "Birdman", I did not reveal the story hole at the end of the film, because of a potential "spoiler alert".
Now, everybody and their mothers are doing spoiler alerts.
After all the spoiler alerts on the Oscar telecast, my feeling is that the gloves are off.
But at least I'm telling you about it up front.
So if you don't want to know what the spoiler alert is, stop reading now.
I think it's worth it.
A film, as fantasy oriented as it is, must adhere to it's own reality.
Keaton wants his play to succeed.
You can't do a one-eighty and have him not care whether his play succeeds or not.
That would be a violation of it's own reality, no matter how much he flies around as a version of Superman.
That can be dismissed as a figment of Keaton's imagination.
The audience is led to believe that, out of despair, Keaton is going to kill himself onstage on Opening Night.
But he has other plans to save the show.
The play that Keaton is starring in gets great reviews, and is going to have a sustaining run for only one reason:
Keaton actually daringly shoots his nose off. Intentionally.
That's the happy ending.
Everyone, including Keaton, is thrilled that they have a hit play.
My question is "What do they do from the second night on?"
It's never addressed.
How is it going to have a sustainable run?
Keep sending Keaton out there on stage to have him keep shooting his nose off?
It's already gone.
He has no nose.
Do you have his understudy go on and shoot HIS own nose off? If he's willing?
Okay. Then what do you do the third night?
Do you just keep rounding up actors to take over the role for one night each?
Including two matinees?
That would be my solution.
Have the question addressed, have someone else remark that "We're getting calls from agents from both coasts, representing actors who would LOVE to step in for one night to shoot their own noses off. That's how desperate actors are for the work. And for the attention."
This may seem pretty far-fetched, but at least it addresses the problem.
And it would have made me laugh.
Getting the award for Best Screenplay was an abomination.
But it was otherwise a pretty good movie.
At least it didn't get nosed out by "Boyhood"
And Michael Keaton got robbed.
"The Imitation Game" was a perfect movie.
They had no holes of any kind.
They were about something meaningful.
Either should have won.
A Best Picture should not have such a major story hole.
I don't think there ever was one before this that did.
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- 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."