Michael Keaton. Does that and the title give you enough? No?
So Birdman looks awesome. It’s described as a dark comedy about an actor, Riggan Thomson, who is known for his role as a superhero as he tries to stage his own rendition of Raymond Carver’s What We Talk About When We Talk About Love. There is truly an all star cast including Edward Norton, Zach Galifianakis, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts, Amy Ryan, and Andrea Riseborough.
Emma Stone plays Keaton’s (Thomson’s) actress daughter, who just got out of rehab, and who he just hired to be his assistant. Edward Norton seems to be the primary antagonist, as an egotistical, demanding actor, constantly disrupting the development of the play. Naomi Watts has been said to play a vulnerable actress, Andrea Riseborough Keaton’s unhinged girlfriend, and besides that, little can be intelligently discerned from the trailer; although, I promise, all the aforementioned actors are in there.
An interesting tidbit of discussion buzzing around this film is the self-deprecation factor. Of course, the title and star hint at a little jab at Keaton and his relationship with the character he played in the 80s, Batman. There is also a little wonder if Edward Norton is poking fun at the rumours of his being hard to work with (ahem, Hulk, cough cough). His character’s antagonistic personality does seem to point in that direction.
As far as critical buzz, this film has a ton. Check out the links to see some more details on press releases and such, but most importantly this film has some great
placement at two of the biggest film festivals in the world. It will be the opening film in Venice on August 17th, and the closing film at the New York Film Festival on October 12th.
It is set to premiere in select theatres on October 17th. Also important with the NYFF announcement is that there is no talk that the showing will be its North American Film Debut. This suggests that premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival or at Telluride are rather likely.
The shots so far are rich, evocative, and just plain beautiful. I can’t wait and hope that the select showings won’t be too far ahead of the nationwide release.