“Birdman”

Rated R
2 hours
Michael Keaton, Edward Norton, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts, Zach Galifianakis

Can a former big screen super hero find redemption as a serious actor in a Broadway play? Michael Keaton certainly redeems himself with his Oscar caliber performance as “Birdman”.

Keaton’s career reaches new heights as the deeply troubled actor, and this washed up movie star has good reason to be filled with insecurity. Keaton takes your breath away as the tortured soul escaping into his fantasy world of former glory.

He’s got to face the uncertainty of sharing the stage with the phenomenal Edward Norton, who looks down at Keaton as just a movie star, who doesn’t deserve to be on Broadway. He’s also jealous of Keaton’s celebrity.

While Keaton and Norton are forces of nature electrifying the screen at war with each other and with themselves, Emma Stone carves out her own glorious dramatic moments as Keaton’s deeply resentful daughter.

What a powerful, provocative movie this “Birdman” is: incisively written, brilliantly directed and performed at the highest level. The motion picture academy has to be drooling over the possibilities the night of the Oscars.

“Birdman” not only flies but climbs into the stratosphere on the wings of 4 stars. If there’s a more imaginative movie this year, I’ve yet to see it.

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