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

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

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(as Alejandro G. Iñárritu)

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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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Trivia

The titles of the movie are homage to Jean-Luc Godard. They appear in similar manner and use the same font as a number of Godard's 1960s films, such as Made in U.S.A (1966) and Pierrot le Fou (1965). Godard is also known for his uses of jump cuts in his movies, whereas this movie has virtually none. See more »

Goofs

After the first preview (when Mike was drinking real gin onstage) Riggan and Mike walk out of the St. James Theatre onto 44th street. Riggan gives money to a drummer on the street. The camera swings around, and, apparently still in the same shot, they are now walking towards the Edison Hotel on 47th street. They enter the bar at the Edison Hotel. When Riggan leaves the bar, he is back on 44th street, and walks just a few steps back to the St. James Theatre - closer than when they walked from the theatre to the bar. 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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Soundtracks

Passacaille (Très large) [Piano Trio in A Minor]
Composed by Maurice Ravel
Performed by Victor Hernandez Stumpfhauser (as Victor Stumpfhauser)
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It's satire people!
24 February 2015 | by See all my reviews

I have to say I am shocked and how many bad reviews I have seen on this site for this movie. It seems to me that the majority of moviegoers who have chosen to review here are only capable of viewing a movie at face value.

This movie is clearly a satirical look at Hollywood and the constant need to remain relevant in the entertainment industry.

I will admit that the film does appear unnecessarily "artsy" in places, but some Hollywood actors love being unnecessarily artsy as they think it gives them depth.

That was the entire point of this film, for Hollywood to turn the camera on itself and expose all of it's own crap.

What I took from this film is what I have always felt about Hollywood, which is also what I love about it. Actors are inherently insecure, which is why they choose to be in an industry where there is a need for constant approval. The actors who are worth their salt risk everything to entertain...us. For that they will forever have my respect.

Definitely worth watching and worthy of it's Best Picture Oscar.


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