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.


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