Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu
Stars: Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone, Merritt Weaver, Naomi Watts
Release date: October 17
For people who love insane, award-worthy movies, there’s no question about it—director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s (21 Grams, Babel) Birdman > Bryan “Birdman” Williams.
Hell, even the hip-hop mogul formerly known as Baby might agree with that greater-than equation after seeing this wonderfully batshit comeback vehicle for ‘80s A-lister Michael Keaton. Slyly poking fun at himself, the star of 1989’s Batman plays Riggan Thomson, an aging actor best known for portraying a superhero named Birdman, and who’s hoping to re-ignite his career by leading a stage rendition of Raymond Carver’s What We Talk About When We Talk About Love. Thomson’s self-produced play turns into a comedy of errors thanks to his oddball castmates and Thomson’s own deteriorating sanity, which Inarritu brings to demented life through long one-take sequences and live-wire camerawork.
And, best of all, Birdman is a comedy. Expect this one to make ample noise all throughout the rest of 2014 and straight into awards season. —Matt Barone