Drama | English | 119 minutes
Riggan Thomson is a has-been actor who enjoyed fleeting fame playing a film superhero named Birdman. Riggan is determined to make a comeback writing and directing a Broadway play starring his girlfriend Laura and Broadway newcomer, Lesley. Riggan’s daughter, Sam, a recovering drug addict, is hired as his assistant. When an accident knocks out the costar, Riggan hires the volatile, self-absorbed actor Mike Shiner. As Riggan begins to fall apart with the pressure, he visualizes Birdman trying to convince him to abandon the play and make another Birdman film. Although the play receives a standing ovation, the suicidal Riggan wonders if it was worth doing.
Why Stream This Film?
- Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 91%
- Metacritic Score: 87
- Academy Awards: Winners, Best Motion Picture, Best Director (Alejandro G. Iñárritu); Best Screenplay (Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Armando Bo); Best Cinematography (Emmanuel Lubezki); Best Actor in a Leading Role (Michael Keaton); Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Edward Norton); Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Emma Stone)
- Golden Globe Awards: Winners, Best Motion Picture; Best Performance by an Actor (Michael Keaton); Best Screenplay; Best Director (Alejandro G. Iñárritu)
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Rather than relying on visual effects or some big, third-act scene, Iñárritu’s BIRDMAN will grab audiences because it is a smart, filmmaking masterpiece that soars simultaneously on a number of levels.
BIRDMAN is a big bang of movie razzle-dazzle from Alejandro Iñárritu. It’s a funny, frenetic, buoyant and rambunctiously showboating entertainment in which Mr. Iñárritu rises high and then higher still.
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