“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 en...
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