MONDAY MOVIES: “Birdman”
Sometimes work drives you crazy. In this case, literally.
I had the good fortune to see “Birdman” in limited release, where it soared this past weekend. I’ve been looking forward to it for awhile, and it didn’t disappoint.
At its core, “Birdman” is about putting your heart into your work and finding out what happens when you do. The main characters in the movie, for better or worse, live and breathe through the stages of Broadway. They are driven by forces that compel everyone: Insecurity, attention, and pride. And like the rest of us, they are imperfect and strive to be better.
It reminded me a little of Being John Malkovich and The Wrestler. These are movies that focus on what compels people to do what they do for a living and the madness that consumes them. There’s nothing here that you haven’t seen before, but it’s repackaged in an exhilarating way, and I recommend that you see it if you can.
I don’t want to give much else away, but I think “Birdman” has a strong chance of being nominated for several Oscars, including Michael Keaton for Best Actor. The film is the perfect blend of reality and fantasy, and it’s a good reminder to yearn for an extraordinary life and to love the people who help you along the way.