Broadsheet Trailer Park: Birdman

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What you may need to know:

1. Michael Keaton plays a down-at-heel actor, once famous for playing iconic superhero “Birdman,” but now struggling to reclaim the respect of his peers.

2. It’s been 25 years since Batman (1989) forever changed big studio attitudes to comic book movies. Expect much meta-referential in-jokery.

3. Keaton’s presence automatically improves any project by at least 25%.

4. Birdman is director Alejandro González Iñárritu’s first comedy, after the weighty (geddit?) 21 Grams (2003) and Babel (2006).

5. It’s Kind of a Funny Story (2010) showed that Zach Galifianakis can do serious, but if it’s funny you’re after then Between Two Ferns is where it’s at.

6. There’s talk of this being presented as one continuous take a la Hitchcock’s Rope (1948). If anyone can pull that trick off, it’s Gravity’s (2013) Oscar-winning cinematographer, Emmanuel Lubezki.

7. Broadsheet Prognosis: We’re all over this.

Release Date: January  2,  2015 (UK)

(Delboy is away)

Mark writes on culture for WhyBother.ie

8 thoughts on “Broadsheet Trailer Park: Birdman

  1. YakYak

    “Keaton’s presence automatically improves any project by at least 25%.”
    Multiplicity totally disproves this theory!

    1. Toe up

      Well Multiplicity should have been improved by 125%, but it seemed to worsen it by that amount.

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