Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) on Blu-ray
Birdman, starring Michael Keaton (along with a glorious ensemble cast) proved to be an unexpected gem of the award bids season. Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu, Birdman follows a washed-up former super hero actor who must battle his own ego, family and love woes, and the egos of his cast mates as he tries to stage his own adaptation of Raymond Carver’s short story “What We Talk About When We Talk About Love.”
Considering that González Iñárritu is best know for beautiful loser type cinema like 2010’s Biutiful, Birdman comes out of left field. With just the lightest touch of magical realism – the film opens with Keaton actually levitating in his dressing room – the film goes on to be both super tragic and oh so darkly funny. Sure, it’s a bit of Hollywood being in love with itself, but that’s okay since we’re all in love with Hollywood too.
Keaton turns in a fine performance, his best in ages, and Ed Norton as his troubled and ego-maniacal costar is absolutely perfect. Toss in Naomi Watts, Emma Stone, Zach Galifianakis and a veritable army of extras and Birdman becomes one of the best movies about Broadway since All About Eve.
Birdman hits dvd and Blu-ray on February 17, 2015. The Blu-ray includes extras:
- Birdman: All Access: A View from the Wings, has some great behind the scenes footage, including Iñárritu working to build team unity with his cast and crew.
- A Conversation with Michael Keaton and Alejandro G. Iñárritu is an interesting exchange between the pair, which emphasizes the film is “experiential” rather than something that needs critical analysis.
- Gallery: Chivo’s On Set Photography.