The backstage fable of ‘Birdman’ is a surreal flight of fancy (B)

October 23, 2014 7:46 PM

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Some films are easier to admire than to love. Enter Birdman, an inventive, surreal backstage drama that wears its virtuosity on its sleeve, piles on meta-references and gradually gets a little chilly to the touch.

Alejandro González Iñárritu’s barbwire showbiz fable revolves around an actor who cashed in playing a superhero, played by Michael Keaton, an actor who cashed in playing Batman. Keaton’s Riggan Thomson, once a bankable star, is now paunchy, self-loathing and apparently losing his marbles. Or maybe h...

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