He is all set to make a comeback with a Broadway play based on Raymond Carver’s 1981 classic, What We Talk About When We Talk About Love.
Mike Shiner (Edward Norton), a schizophrenic, drunk actor arrives to save Riggan Thomason’s egotistical stage adaptation of a Raymond Carver short story that aims to resurrect his career, re-establish his self- respect and make him loved by audiences all over again.
Sam (Emma Stone), Riggan Thomason’s daughter, recently out of rehab, seems to see through her father’s efforts better than anyone.
Riggan Thomason’s ambitious project is helmed by him and his team that comprises of his daughter Sam, his girlfriend Laura (Andrea Riseborough), his producer and close friend Jake (Zach Galifianaki) and the actress Lesley (Naomi Watts).
On the opening night of the Broadway show, Riggan Thomason and his estranged wife share a moment and he tells her how he had tried to kill himself after cheating on her.
For the play’s final act that night, he uses a real gun and ends up shooting his nose in attempt to kill himself. Though he is saved, he had to undergo a cosmetic surgery for his nose.
In the hospital, his daughter Sam comes to see him and finds him missing and that’s what sums up Birdman.
Birdman, could easily go one way or the other. The director, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, has successfully brought about the other side of the glamour industry and has successfully managed to capture the pressures, failures and insecurities a has been superstar goes through.
The beauty of Birdman is the fact that Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu has filmed the film as if you are watching a single sequence. There are no obvious cuts, although there is no attempt to suggest the film is unfolding in real time.
As far as the performances are concern, the film belongs to Michael Keaton and Emma Stone. Both have delivered a mercurial performance and it’s tough to say who is better.
Thanks to nine Oscar nominations, including best actor, supporting actor and supporting actress; Birdman had garnered enough curiosity for people to go and watch the film once.
Riggan Thomason (Michael Keaton), an actor whose success in a superhero franchise, Birdman, comes to an end when he quits after the third instalment. ...3.5