The GQ Review: Birdman is Bold, Brilliantly Acted—And Overbaked

October 17, 2014 4:36 PM

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Zach Galifianakis is Riggan's long-suffering attorney, Stone is his newly rehabbed daughter, and Naomi Watts is Lesley, the play-within-the-film's female lead. Looking as if he's waited years to do this kind of inside job on his own guild—Dustin Hoffman will not be happy, I suspect—Edward Norton dines off scenery as a Method firecracker named Mike Shiner, who almost derails the production when he's brought in during previews to add box-office muscle. Anyone who's a sucker for showbiz satire will get off on the zippy way the chatterbox opening scenes lay out the premise and get this pack of insecure narcissists tangling with each other.

However, Birdman was directed and partly written by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (Babel, 21 Grams), who's never met a metaphysics lesson he doesn't like, and Inarritu has other deep-dish Crisco to fry. Keaton is first introduced to us while, ahem, levitating in his dressing room, and the telekinetic ...

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