“Birdman” was the big winner at the 87th Academy Awards. Not only did it win best picture, but the film also won for best director, best cinematography, and best screenplay.
What made the four-time Oscar winner the best movie of the year?
“Birdman” could have easily fallen victim to its own gimmicks and wild ambitions.
For starters, it’s an incredibly self-aware film that stars Michael Keaton as a washed-up actor best known for portraying a superhero, which sounds a bit too on-the-nose on paper for the “Batman” star.
The film is shot in such a way that it’s meant to appear as one continuous shot, and the score is essentially just one really long drum solo. Additionally, the film’s full title is “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance),” which reeks of pretension but actually makes perfect sense by the end credits. In the hands of a less assured director, “Birdman” would surely fail, but with Alejandro González Iñárritu at the helm, the movie is pure cinematic bliss.
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