Out Of Theatre


Out Of Theatre
30 Jan, 2015 2 hrs 02 mins A
Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts
Birdman, in its 122 minutes' runtime, transforms into exhilarating cinema that gives a heady rush.

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Story: Riggan Thomson, an erstwhile superhero superstar, post a disillusioning spell orchestrates his mighty comeback with a Broadway play based on Raymond Carver's 1981 classic, What We Talk About When We Talk About Love.

His rendition as the writer-actor in the play pushes him towards a journey of self-exploration excavating his latent doubts, fear of failure, scrambled personal relationships and the brooding question - whether he will be able to resurrect his image and fly beyond the fleshed persona of 'Birdman'.

Review: It's a riveting portrayal of a fading superhero star who is used as a prop to understand the workings of prestige, power games and how fame's intoxication can soon wear out into futility and redundancy. Michael Keaton brings palpability to this tailor-made role, in which he seems to mirror his prior experience of playing Batman in two successful stints, only to bow out of it over artistic principles.

Mexican filmmaker Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu infuses in his tale a keen understanding of the flip side of glamour's alluring world and brings it alive on celluloid without making it somber, lacing the story with sinister humour and shrewd wit, as jazz drums compliment the film's tempo and Lubezki's cinematography adds drama to the tapestry.

As this tale moves sharply through cataclysmic failures of its preview nights, the venom in Birdman's omnipresent voice strengthens, driving the narrative towards its rather expected, nevertheless, powerful climax.

The film is memorable for its scenes - Sam (Emma Stone)'s outburst rupturing Riggan (Keaton)'s bubble full of pretentious airs, the one where Mike (Edward Norton) tells Sam how stage is the only place where he can be genuine and finally Riggan's bitter face-off with a critic who gets him weary by pointing out that he is a celebrity and not an actor, are all instances of its nuanced, observant writing.

What ups the enigma here is Keaton's power packed performance ably supported by the terrific Norton and the phenomenal Stone. Watts, Riseborough and Galifianakis are pitch-perfect in their bits.

Birdman, in its 122 minutes' runtime, transforms into exhilarating cinema that gives a heady rush.
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