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

October 23, 2014 7:46 PM

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

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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