What You Need To Know - April 29, 2015

BiRDMAN: What You Need To Know
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BiRDMAN: What You Need To Know

BiRDMAN, or, to give it its formal title BiRDMAN: Or (The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance) (let’s just stick with BiRDMAN…), is released on DVD and Blu-Ray on Monday (May 4th). It bagged four Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director for Alejandro González Iñárritu and awards at just about every ceremony there is. Here is why, along with everything else you need to know about the movie…


What’s the plot?

Right. Here goes nothing. Riggan Thompson is a washed-up actor who used to be the biggest star on the planet due to his role as Birdman, the iconic superhero. Now his career is on the skids and he’s trying to resurrect it by putting everything he has into a production of Raymond Carver’s What We Talk About When We Talk About Love.

Along the way he’ll have to battle a preening and needy cast, his post-rehab and desperately difficult daughter as well as his own insecurities and weird vision. Will he pull it off?


Who’s in it?

Michael Keaton delivers a powerhouse performance as Riggan Thompson himself, with support from an absolute stellar cast. Edward Norton and Naomi Watts excel as needy actors Mike Shiner and Lesley Truman, while Emma Stone is on dynamite form as Samantha Thompson, Riggan’s gobby and permanently on the edge daughter.

There are also quick, but supreme star turns from Zach Galifianakis, Andrea Risebrough, Lindsay Duncan and Amy Ryan.


Does it deliver?

This is an incredible piece of work. The performances are brilliant, the script is vibrant and the story is incredibly engrossing. But, like all genuinely interesting pieces of film, this one demands repeated viewings. It’s not an easy film to watch, but that’s not because it isn’t funny or entertaining, there’s just so much going on. Pick it up on DVD, because you’ll need to spend a lot of time with this one.


BiRDMAN is released on DVD and Blu-Ray on Monday (May 4th).

Birdman Alejandro González Iñárritu

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