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Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014)

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A washed-up actor, who once played a famous superhero, attempts to revive his career by writing and starring in a Broadway play.

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Actor Riggan Thomson is most famous for his movie role from over twenty years ago of the comic book superhero Birdman in the blockbuster movie of the same name and its two equally popular sequels. His association with the role took over his life, where Birdman is more renowned than "Riggan Thomson" the actor. Now past middle age, Riggan is trying to establish himself as a true artist by writing, directing, starring in and co-producing with his best friend Jake what is his Broadway debut, an adaptation of Raymond Carver's story, What We Talk About When We Talk About Love. He is staking his name, what little artistic reputation that comes with that name and his life savings on the project, and as such will do anything needed to make the play a success. As he and Jake go through the process of the previews toward opening night, Riggan runs into several issues: needing to find a replacement for the integral supporting male role the night before the first preview; hiring the talented ... Written by Huggo

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Rated R for language throughout, some sexual content and brief violence | See all certifications »

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14 November 2014 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$2,471,471 (USA) (10 January 2015)

Gross:

$42,340,598 (USA)
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In the 119-minute run time of the film there are sixteen visible edits. In the 107-second premiere trailer, there are over thirty edits. See more »

Goofs

Sam tells Riggan that the Earth is 6,000,000,000 years old, but the standard scientific estimate is only 4,500,000,000 years. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Young Birdman: How did we end up here? This place is horrible. Smells like balls. We don't belong here.
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Referenced in Mike & Mike: Episode dated 24 December 2014 (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Symphony No. 2 in E Minor, Op. 27 (Movements 1 and 2) Largo, Allegro Moderato
Composed by Sergei Rachmaninoff
Performed by Neville Marriner and Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra (as Stutgart Radio Symphony)
Courtesy of Naxos of America, Inc.
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Not half as good as it wants to be
12 January 2015 | by See all my reviews

After reading all the great reviews, I was really looking forward to seeing Birdman but I was sorely disappointed. The story doesn't develop into anything particularly interesting and I didn't care what happened to any of the vacuous, one-dimensional characters. The lesbian scene is thrown in there for no reason at all, Norton's character doesn't develop enough and we never really find out the background of the relationship between Keaton's character and his wife and daughter (I can't remember any of the character's names, that's how much I cared about them).

As far as I can see, the reason for the rave reviews must be down to the unique filming technique with all the long takes which is different to anything I've seen before, (even though there is more than one occasion where somebody fluffs their lines but it was left in the final cut anyway), and the acting which, to be fair, is very good. All in all, Birdman left me feeling empty. It's self- indulgent, pretentious nonsense that doesn't deserve the 5 star reviews it's been getting. Not by a long shot.


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