ByNathan Archer, writer at

Today I went to the cinema to finally see Birdman, I'd heard so much about it and I loved everything I'd seen from the trailers but then it wasn't at my local cinema so I had to hunt one down that did show it and I succeeded (obviously) so here's my review of it. Birdman is the story of Riggan Thomson a washed up actor, that used to play a superhero, who is trying to legitimise himself as an actor in an upcoming Broadway play which he is directing, writing and starring in; he is also trying to rebuild his relationship with his daughter and fix his own personal problems. Birdman is directed by Alejandro G. Iñárritu (yes I did have to copy and paste that) and stars Michael Keaton, Emma Stone, Edward Norton, Zach Galifianakis and Naomi Watts

There are a lot of positives to this film which include: Superb acting, brilliant story, great story progression, fantastic direction and great humour. To expand the acting in this film is brilliant, everyone gives a great performance not just the lead (who is also great) but all the supporting cast it shocked me how good Zach Galifianakis was. I really loved the story because it was a great character study and the best part was that it wasn't just a character study of the main character but numerous other characters as well, the film is also really witty in the way that it reflects movie culture today. One of the things that makes this movie special is the direction, how the director got the performances out of the actors and got this great creative vision to the screen is phenomenal; also the idea to shoot almost all (like 98%) of the movie as one continuous tracking shot was expertly pulled off. If this film doesn't get best cinematography at The Oscars I'll be really annoyed (I'll be ok if Grand Budapest Hotel gets it but I'll still be sort of cross). Finally I love the humour in this film, it made me laugh a lot and its the sort of humour you can watch again and again (which I will).

On the side of negatives there isn't any that I can think of apart from something that's very minor, and that was that the ending for me at least was predictable; about 15 mins into the film I thought of how it might end and then it ended up happening which sort of annoyed me but everything else in the film was so perfect that I didn't really care.

Overall I absolutely loved Birdman and I can't wait to see it again and again and again it was that sort of film, if I could pre-order it on DVD now I would. So taking everything I have said into consideration I rate this film:



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