or (Single-Shot Struggling Ex Superhero Puts on a Play)

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) is Michael Keaton’s second time playing a winged character (it won’t be his last). Birdman follows a dramatized representation of an actor trying to distance himself from an iconic role. So exactly like Michael Keaton’s career. The movie itself details how this actor attempts to put on a play despite naysayers. Which brings up interesting questions about Hollywood. What makes Birdman such an Award winning success is its use of a long continuous take. It’s not technically one take, but a lot of it is. I’d say only about 88% of the movie is one take. The rest of the movie is filled with humor and drama that feels like the best way to address industry norms.

Birdman hovers over Riggan’s shoulder

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