Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Review by Ammar Akhtar

'Birdman' stars Michael Keaton, Edward Norton, Emma Stone, Zach Galifianakis, and Naomi Watts. It's directed by Alejandro Gonzales Iñárritu. 'Birdman' tells the story about a washed up actor who tries to make a comeback with his own broadway play. While doing this, he faces off against his own alter ego who tells him that he can't do this.

Hollywood has given birth to some glorious films. We've received ones like 'The Shawshank Redemption', 'Pulp Fiction', 'The Dark Knight', and now we have 'Birdman'.

This film is a cinematic masterpiece. I mean it! 'Birdman' is vastly different than any other film that came out last year. Everything about it is so unordinary that would never see the light of day in any regular film.

First of all, the entire film was designed to be one shot. There were moments where I could tell it was used as a cut, but an average viewer wouldn't be able to tell. This was such an excellent decision to make. It makes the film seem a lot more real than it already is, and it just breaks the barriers that movies can do. Honestly, I felt like I was there in the movie. Nothing about it felt fake, and the choice of using one shot made me as a viewer more engaged.

One other element that was just beautiful was the score. It's not your usual orchestra, but just drums. It may seem a bit odd, but it's not at all. Each piece matched every scene entirely, and that just blew me away. I read about another film that tried to do the same thing, and it was 'Interstellar', but in my opinion it didn't really work. With 'Birdman', both the music and the movie made an excellent duo together.

Enough about the filmmaking elements, it's time to delve deeper into this somewhat bizarre story. This was an incredible story that had a lot of different meanings and themes that were portrayed on screen perfectly. The best theme in my opinion that was really the most significant was film criticism. It said that critics shouldn't say a film is bad just because a celebrity in it sucks at acting. It's about the film itself like themes, story, performances, types of shots, and direction. The list goes on and on, but it's about the film, not just finding some sort of pathetic way to say that a film is bad. I loved seeing this because this is very true. Believe it or not, there are some people who still write like this. They use big words to describe ways in which a film is bad, but they never critique the core values of it all. It also shed light on articles that are stupid tabloid junk. I hate titles that just pop up and say 'KIM KARDASHIAN DYED HAIR BLUE'. These types of articles are so stupid and make celebrities seem so cocky. The film basically told just that, and how people write about idiotic things. I loved how they touched on these two subjects because they are very important ones that I haven't seen in any film.

One other thing that was really great about 'Birdman' was Riggan battling his own alter ego. It was really interesting to see him cope with the fact that he's lost it all. His ego keeps on telling him to go back to the man he once was, the Birdman. This was very interesting to see because this too had a great theme. It talked about the modern audience today, and how we are so impatient. Everyone wants to see Michael Bay explosion festivals, not some dumb philosophical stuff that makes no sense. I think this was a very bold and profound way in which the film saw us today because it is true. Films like 'Guardians of the Galaxy' (and really all Marvel films in general) and 'Transformers' come at the top of the box office. Films like Birdman usually never make more than $100 million dollars. 

Everyone gave an 'A' game performance. Michael Keaton, Emma Stone, Edward Norton, and even Zach Galiafinakis were incredible in the movie. Keaton stole the show for me because I believe he gave the most heartfelt performance. What's astonishing too is that this film is based on Keaton's life. He was once an iconic superhero (Batman), but he was gone after that and never saw the life of day again in hollywood. It was an excellent choice to choose Michael Keaton as the star for these reasons. 

Overall, 'Birdman' is going to be remembered for a looooonnnnggg time to come. The usage of the one shot, the hidden themes, and the excellent performances are what make this movie excellent. The score was brilliant as well. Just using the drums was a perfect sound that played along with the film beautifully. I can tell you with confidence that this is one of the greatest films of the century. Everything about it is just mesmerizing to see unfold on screen. I loved this film so much, and I can't wait until I see it again.

MY SCORE: 10/10