TRAILER BREAKDOWN: BIRDMAN
This is the most normal Michael Keaton’s ever looked
Who are you??? I’m Birdman! For the 12 people on the planet that ever wondered what happened to Michael Keaton, your questions are weirdly answered. In the movie, ‘Birdman,’ directed by Alejandro Inarritu, we see the titled star walking down a long hallway that appears to be in the back of a stage. Disgruntled and fragmented out of his mind, he cruise missiles his way to the dressing room as the movie’s mockumentary film style hits you in the face, and in the background, a stripped down version of the excellent Gnarls Barkley’s ‘Crazy’ is playing. The premise of this strange but amusing film is that Keaton plays “a washed up actor who once played an iconic superhero” who must overcome his fragile ego as he mounts a Broadway play in a bid to reclaim this past glory. I love a good meta storyline and this one looks like it would not disappoint. This trailer has everything a good trailer should show – familiar faces, an intriguing premise without giving away all the critical plot points, and visual flair. It shouldn’t take Keaton a very long time to connect with the audience under this character. Inarritu, who is a very good director but not one of my personal favorites has an impressive catalog with ‘Babel’, ‘Amores Perros’, ’21 Grams’ and ‘Biutiful." He seems to want to personally experiment in a different theme from his typically form with 'Birdman.' This is the first time I recognize that Inarritu is blending different movie forms from fantasy to slapstick humor to a study of an washed up actor to shades of 'Donnie Darko' - post apocalyptic derangement. 'Birdman' is a realistic superhero movie spoof that ironically saves Keaton’s career as much as the genre destroyed it. We shall wait and see.
0:36 | “How did we end up here – In this Dump, You were a movie star?” Smash through that door Keaton META ALERT!!!
0:53 | Emma stone looking longingly at a post apocalyptic comet headed towards her, should I be concerned?
1:03 | Marching Band on stage in a wide lens camera angle, but no Nick Cannon gyp!
1:21 | Keaton vs Norton slapboxing in their underwear is already better than Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice
Birdman is released in theaters October 17.
Starring: Michael Keaton, Emma Stone, Edward Norton, Naomi Watts and Zach Galifianakis