Michael Keaton and Edward Norton Square Off in 'Birdman'

October 17, 2014 5:03 PM

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Michael Keaton and Edward Norton Square Off in 'Birdman'

Part backstage melodrama and part screed in the name of art, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) is nearly as frazzled as its protagonist, Riggan Thomson (Michael Keaton). Back in the pre-Marvel movie era of the ‘90s, Riggan was the winged superhero Birdman. He made three movies that grossed billions and then chucked it all away. And, like many other actors blessed with the role of a lifetime, he is both embarrassed by his legacy and eager to regain its mantle of fame.

Years later, Riggan is fighting for relevance. One major stumbling block (and there are many) is his confusion over what relevance might mean. Most conventionally, Riggan imagines it would mean being recognized as a serious, legitimate actor. To that end, he’s written, directed, and financed a Broad...

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