I know I say this for just about all of the movies I have talked about but if you haven't seen Birdman yet you NEED to see it. It is one of those rare movies that is an amazing film. It deserves every single Academy Award nomination it was given.
Let's start with the actors and their performances. First off, Michael Keaton is pretty much always great and this movie was no different. He was the perfect pick for playing Riggan, the "washed up actor, who once played an iconic superhero, battling his ego and in an attempt to recover his family, his career and himself in the days leading up to the opening of a Broadway play." That is the movie description on Birdman's IMDb page. But Michael Keaton fit that role perfectly especially considering that he was Batman back when people were not into the whole superhero movie craze and the movies burned out.
Birdman is a beautiful film. It's not so much a beautiful story but the way the movie was filmed is just amazing. It was filmed in such a way that it feels like the whole movie was done in a single shot. Every scene flows into the next scene without a cut. The camera just follows the actors through 5-7 minute long scenes. In an interview, Michael Keaton said that the longest shot was 12 minutes long! That's amazing!!
Movies aren't made like this any more and it really made Birdman so much more special because of the way it was shot. That's why I don't understand why Birdman wasn't nominated for Film Editing, it couldn't have been an easy task to edit a film that is supposed to flow from beginning to end without a cut. At least it is nominated for Cinematography! Hopefully it will win even though it is in a pretty tough category this year.
Again, if you haven't seen Birdman yet you need to see it. Maybe I need to have a movie part to make everyone watch it because it really is fantastic. Birdman is definitely Academy Award Best Picture worthy. If my favorite movie of the year (which I will talk about on Thursday!) doesn't win, I hope that Birdman wins because it should win! Again, unless my favorite movie wins...which I REALLY hope it will...but more on that on Thursday!
Thank you for reading my post today! The Academy Awards are this Sunday!! I'm so excited! Just so you know, my next post will be up on Thursday with my number one favorite movie of the year! And I will have my Oscar picks up on Friday! Also I will be live tweet the Oscars on Sunday so make sure you are following me on Twitter - @thrucaitseyes