The winner of the Best Picture Oscar for 2014, Birdman: Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014, dir. Alejandro G. Iñárritu) is a satirical drama about creative obsession, the quest for relevance, decaying and reviving relationships, and personal rebirth. Its synopsis is as follows:
A washed up actor tries to reclaim his fame on Broadway with a new play. As this is happening he has to handle new actors, and has to re-kindle his relationship with his daughter. But most importantly he has to escape the shadow of the superhero he used to play: Birdman. (source)
Birdman is a visually fantastic masterpiece. The cinematography by Emmanuel Lubezki is nothing short of perfection. Lubezki also photographed Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life (2011) and Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity (2013), both films which are highly acclaimed for their visual style. The direction by Iñárritu is also amazing. Iñárritu‘s masterful illusion of a single take throughout the film ensures that the audience is continually kept on their toes, and is also a strange perceptual experience in terms of our awareness of time and space. Both Lubezki and Iñárritu earned Oscars for their cinematography and direction respectively. I only very recently saw this, so my mind is still spinning with regards to how to form a comprehensive review. I’m not sure I can currently put into words how much I genuinely loved this film, so in lieu of words, I will present you pictures. These still images do the film absolutely no justice, however. This is another film that I truly regret missing seeing on the big screen.
As always, the following images are mixed up in order to avoid plot spoilers, but there are a couple of minor spoilers throughout.
Watch the trailer here.