Arts & Entertainment Opinion — February 20, 2015 by John Apted
Birdman: A Tale of Hollywood Ignorance

The Oscars is almost upon us, and right now, Birdman (the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) is one of the most talked about films leading up to it. Directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu and starring Michael Keaton, Emma Stone, Edward Norton and others, the film truly does showcase what it says in the title: ignorance.

The film’s plot showcases a Hollywood actor on the back end of his life, who attempts to write, direct, and star in a play. It goes through the process of him as he begins to lose his mind and realize that no one really cares about him anymore. The fascinating thing about the film is the deeper meaning of ignorance and how much it affects him as he goes on. During the film, he starts to become more aware of the fact that no one cares about him and he is out of the spotlight.

What sets Birdman apart from all the other films of the year is that it makes you think. While most hollywood films are spoon fed to the audience, Birdman left me wondering and deciphering what it was actually about. I came to the conclusion that ignorance is bliss. At the start of the film, Riggan (Michael Keaton) is just a guy doing a play, with no knowledge about how little he mattered in the world. I thought that he liked that better than at the end, when he knew it all, and didn’t want to be a part of it.

The film is shot in a very standard way, and was filled with long takes where the camera follows him around the set. During this, the same drum beat plays each time. This was one of the things that left me so confused. My reasoning behind this was each time it became more and more depressing as he began to know more and more about how little he mattered.

Birdman was by far one of the best films of the year, and I personally am excited to see where it finishes after oscar weekend is all set and done. 4 stars.

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