Watching Birdman (Alejandro González Iñárritu, 2006) for the second time enhances an appreciation of its satisfying complexity.
For me personally, it’s a joy to know of a film which foregrounds the issue of entertainment versus art. And one which casts the perfect actor to embody that dilemma.
More pleasure from watching a backstage drama – a film about acting, and one which again casts the perfect actor. (This time I’m referring to Norton, not Keaton.)
Cinematically, it’s another of those films, like Hitchcock’s Rope, which tries to give the appearance of having been filmed in one take. (Russian Ark might be the only feature which did it in actuality.)
Magic realism as well! What’s to not like?

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