Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014)


“Michael Keaton delivers the best performance of his career” (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone) in this “funny, frenetic…” (Manohla Dargis, The New York Times) film from co-writer director Alejandro G. Iñarrito. When a has-been movie superhero (Keaton) risks everything for Broadway, he faces harsh critics, a deranged alter ego, his estranged daughter (Emma Stone) and a difficult stage star (Edward Norton). Also starring Naomi Watts, and Zach Galifinakis, (Birdman is “audacious, corginal, and bold” (Leonard Maltin,


I had seen this on DVD previously, after it had been released for general audience viewing in theaters. I think I might have been high, but I distinctly remember falling asleep through it, blaming what I called a vignette-based movie with no connections.

This time I noticed the unedited telling of the story through scene-vignettes, telling a story. I managed to stay awake…and engaged. I truly enjoyed the cinematic artistry. The unediting, played well with the setting of this movie. The performances were gritty and quirky enough to garner praise from the pretentious set, which boosted this movie up.

The more exciting scenes, of course, included those where Edward Norton was revealed. Even Michael Keaton was revealed.

While I am far from qualified to judge, I did find the movie entertaining, artistic, sad.