Oct 282015

Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of IgnoranceI liked this when I saw it because of the moments of magical realism. They walked a tight rope between fantasy and realism without tipping either way and without lasting too long.

The rolling backstage drama of the final days of rehearsals which serves as the backdrop for a sympathetic portrait of an actor struggling for identity as late middle-age creeps away conjured up memories of John Cassevetes’s Opening Night in a way that made me patient of the film’s indulgences.

Thinking back to it now though, I don’t remember much that would make me watch it again.

Apr 022013


First the negative things so that they are out of the way:

1. The movie is annoyingly sentimental. To be expected, but still…

2. It only spares sympathy for the poor white tourists unlucky enough to be caught in this horrible disaster in this horrible place, but lucky enough, thankfully, that a Swiss insurance agent arrives to whisk them to safety on an otherwise empty private jet.

3. Ultimately this is a movie about sad unhappy kids, a pet-peeve of mine.

That all said…I was deeply moved by what I saw. The movie is well made and well acted, and the disaster is so overwhelmingly destructive that watching is a bit like being crushed. I was wrung out and spent by the end.