Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) is a compelling psychological drama with comedic undertones. While it focuses on the trials and tribulations of maintaining a career in show business, this movie is essentially about life and the human condition in general.
The plot revolves around has-been Hollywood actor Riggan Thomson and his desire to achieve emotional and creative fulfillment by taking to the stage on Broadway. He believes directing and starring in a play which he has adapted from a short story is his one opportunity to renew his career and sense of purpose. However, the voice of Birdman – a role for which Riggan was once revered – now haunts his thoughts, berating him and breaking down his sanity.
The narrative unfolds with a strong sense of surrealism that very effectively conveys the desperation and frustration felt by Riggan. This is accomplished through the movie’s rather…
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