Birdman Is the Best Non-Superhero Superhero Movie Ever

October 24, 2014 10:35 AM

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Superhero movies have that name for a reason: They feature people who win, who conquer, who use their super strength to do super things and save days. Birdman is about the rest of us—the schmucks who don’t have power, or who had it and lost it and are now wondering if we’re relevant at all. And because of that, it rises above.

In Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s newest film, which expands to wide theatrical release this week, Michael Keaton plays Riggan Thompson, an actor in the third act of his career. Riggan once donned a cowl on the big screen as the hero Birdman and while it made him rich and famous, it also drained his credib...

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