Alejandro Iñárritu’s Birdman is about Riggan Thomson (Michael Keaton) – an actor who came into famousness by way of his portrayal of Birdman, a caped, flying superhero. this parallels Keaton’s own life, with him having also portrayed a caped crusader in 1989’s Batman. Riggan has since been much forgotten (i do not know if the same can be said of keaton) and so he attempts to stage Raymond Carver’s ‘What We Talk About When We Talk About Love‘ in order to revitalise his public image.
Naomi Watts and Ed Norton play, very convincingly, a couple on the brink of mutual hatred in the off-stage reality of Birdman. they are also the stars of the play and in that on-stage reality, the two convincingly play a couple on the brink of mutual hatred. Emma Stone, who does not play a character who stars in the play, instead portrays Thomson’s daughter. she is recovering from drub abuse, anxiety, and anger issues, all of which periodically surface throughout the film.
what i think is most compelling about the film is the manner in which it weaves absurdity into normalcy. long tracking shots with no perceivable break between them recreate the smooth and uncut narrative of the average life while little details that are larger than, intersperse the picture Iñárritu paints. there is absurdness as to the way in which images of real, normal life mesh with fiction. but it is in itself more absurd that conceptions of ‘normal’ propagate themselves in actual reality.
it was interesting and i liked it.