|Birdman: Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014)|
|Rating: 7.8/10 (304,963 votes)
Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu
Writer: Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Armando Bo, Raymond Carver (play)
Stars: Michael Keaton, Emma Stone, Kenny Chin, Jamahl Garrison-Lowe
Runtime: 119 min
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Released: 14 Nov 2014
|Plot: Illustrated upon the progress of his latest Broadway play, a former popular actor's struggle to cope with his current life as a wasted actor is shown.|
Riggan Thomson (Michael Keaton) is a washed-up Hollywood actor best known for playing the superhero Birdman decades ago in a series of blockbuster films. He is tormented in his thoughts by the inner voice of Birdman, which mocks and criticizes him, and he sees himself performing feats of levitation and telekinesis.
Riggan hopes to reinvent his career by writing, directing, and starring in a Broadway adaptation of Raymond Carver’s short story “What We Talk About When We Talk About Love”. The play is produced by Riggan’s best friend and lawyer, Jake (Zach Galifianakis), and also stars Riggan’s girlfriend, Laura (Andrea Riseborough), and first-time Broadway actress, Lesley (Naomi Watts). Riggan’s daughter Samantha (Emma Stone), a recovering addict, serves as his assistant.
During rehearsals, a light fixture falls onto Ralph (Jeremy Shamos), Riggan’s co-star; Riggan tells Jake he caused the light to fall so he could replace him. At Lesley’s suggestion, Riggan replaces Ralph with the brilliant but volatile method actor Mike Shiner (Edward Norton), refinancing his house to fund his contract. The first previews are disastrous: Mike breaks character over the replacement of his gin with water and attempts to rape Lesley during a sex scene. Riggan reads early press coverage and is incensed that Mike has stolen the show, but Jake encourages him to continue. When Riggan catches Samantha using marijuana and subsequently berates her, she tells him he is expendable and that his play is a vanity project.