Rarely does this ever happen to me, but when I watched this movie I left the theatre not having anything to say except "what just happened?".
When you bring director Alejandro González Iñárritu and cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki together, you know you're in trouble. This movie was beautifully casted, bringing together influential actors like Michael Keaton, Emma Stone, and Edward Norton. The acting was incredibly raw, allowing the viewers to see everything so clearly.
Michael Keaton stars as famous movie star Riggan Thomson, who is well known for his role in the movie Birdman. He is constantly tormented and mocked by the persona of his past character Birdman. Throughout the movie he visualizes himself being able to perform levitation and telekinesis. Attempting to prove that he is still relevant, he creates a play where he stars, writes and directs. The play casts chaotic method actor Mike Shiner (Edward Norton) and Lesley (Naomi Watts). Throughout the movie, Riggan constantly feels threatened by Mikes insane actions. This becomes worse when his assistant and recovering addict daughter Sam (Emma Stone) gets involved with Mike.
All character have huge and dramatic personalities which are all portrayed perfectly. Each character is so raw and pure that the viewer feels like they know them personally and are standing, witnessing the story alongside the characters. The movie would not be the same without these characters; It did not feel so much as acting as it was reality. The cast made the already emotional script feel intimate and personal. You watch and observe the characters as if they are your subjects, and every person gets the chance to analyze each character in their own way.
The cinematography and and direction was absolutely insane as the whole movie was perceived to be taken in one single shot. This allowed the movie to move smoothly taking the audience on a ride into the hectic lives of the characters. The audience was taken on a journey of one extremely long shot, going through corridors, down stairways and into the streets of New York. It gave the audience the experience of thrill and emotions that the plot so heavily carried.
It is so clear that each person who played a part in creating this movie was determined to achieve perfection, because this is all this movie really was. I would suggest buying this movie, and then framing it. Birdman was one of the best movies I have ever watched; it left me speechless, having dreams about Micheal Keaton flying in the sky wearing nothing but tighty whities.