Is It A Bird? A Plane? No, It’s Birdman.

BY ANASTASIA MONTAVON

Birdman Soars onto DVD and Blu-Ray In Time for the Oscars.

If the movie “Birdman” isn’t familiar to you, it should be. With award season in full swing, few movies have drawn as much attention as this film. It had seven Golden Globe nominations as well as nine Oscar nominations. While this movie was released in Oct., it is still playing in limited theaters across the country and was released on DVD and Blu-ray last week. But is this movie as good as the hype?

“Birdman” is the story of actor Riggan Thomson, who is famous for playing the role of Birdman in a movie with the same name, as well as its two sequels. He sets out to prove that he is a legitimate artist by directing, writing and starring in his Broadway debut of his adaption of “What We Talk About When We Talk About Love.” He puts his personal savings, his name and his relationships on the line to try to show that he’s more than a bird-themed superhero.

First, there’s the very talented cast that contributes to a lot of this movies success. Michael Keaton, Emma Stone, Edward Norton, Naomi Watts, Zach Galifianakis and Andrea Riseborough do fantastic jobs bringing their characters to life. Each character has personality and chemistry when they interact. Every action and every line is well delivered. The characters all develop as the movie goes on and each character has an impact on the others.

There’s also the technical side of the film that’s extremely impressive. It looks like it was shot in one take. Every scene just flows into each other. The camera follows actors as they walk through the theater or in the street or to the bar. At first, this can be overwhelming, but this is an incredibly unique experience and it really works for the movie. It definitely helps make it a memorable experience. There’s so much to this movie that it’s amazing it’s able to fit in one film. The movie flows very well and will keep your eyes glued to the screen from start to finish.

Is “Birdman” worth the hype? Absolutely. The score is incredible, the screenplay is great and the actors put on the performance of their careers. Not to mention the cinematography, which is groundbreaking. “Birdman” is a film that comes around once in a blue moon that challenges Hollywood to be the best it can be.

5/5

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