Release Date: October 17, 2014
What happens when a washed-up actor who played an iconic superhero a few decades back tries to write, direct, and star in his own Broadway play in order to stage a career comeback?
No, this is not about Adam West, he’s doing just fine. But this is about another Batman. This is Michael Keaton, and despite what you may think, this is not a documentary about the famed actor’s life. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) is Keaton’s upcoming dark comedy project. While on the road to stage his comeback, Riggan Thompson (Keaton) has to contend with an unsupportive daughter, an egotistical young actor who is eager to steal his spotlight, and his superhero past, which is brought back in the form of a condescending inner voice.
If you’re like me, your first thought upon hearing about this movie is: “Where the heck has Michael Keaton been?” Back in the day he had a number of successful roles. Batman and it’s sequel Batman Returns, Beetlejuice, and Multiplicity are favorites of mine. He has continued to work through the years but has had little commercial success apart from his voice-over work in Toy Story 3. But now he’s back in the spotlight where he belongs.
Supporting the great Michael Keaton is a star studded cast including: Emma Stone (The Amazing Spiderman, The Help), Edward Norton (Fight Club, The Incredible Hulk), Naomi Watts (King Kong, Mulholland Drive), Zach Galifianakis (The Hangover, Due Date), and Andrea Riseborough (Oblivion). I would go and see this movie based on the cast alone.
The critically acclaimed director Alejandro González Iñárritu takes on Birdman. All of his feature films (Babel, Biutiful, 21 Grams, and Amores Perros) have won multiple awards and from what I’ve seen so far, Birdman will be no different.
This may be the most bizarre movie coming out this year, but with such a talented cast, scenes chock-full of insanity (including a tightey-whitey clad Edward Norton trying to choke out Michael Keaton) and a good bit of comedy, for me at least, it’s also one of the most anticipated. Still have your doubts? Just watch this trailer.