"Birdman" is a huge mystery; I have lived in Los Angeles for over 30 years, and understand how this town LOVES to rave about movies in the industry. Movies within movies, movies about t.v. shows, movies about anything even remotely related to anything resembling a movie. But this movie has really got me going because of all the rave reviews from critics and fans alike. I had the same feeling watching this movie as I did when watching "Inside Llewyn Davis." Borderline hatred mixed with confusion. What the *&$! just happened?
Yeah, Michael Keaton, Emma Stone, Edward Norton, all very well cast and deliverable. But the story…man, someone got a PAYCHECK for this crap! Disjointed, boring, almost unbearable to watch. 20 minutes into this thing and I was embarrassed to be sitting in the theater with other patrons who were obviously loving every minute of it. I am not going to even try to explain the plot, and this is the first movie where I actually refused to write a review because I obviously must not have been watching the same movie as the aforementioned critics and fans.
I will say this: the emperor has no clothes. I usually agree with critics over 90% of the time, but this time, I think they are dead wrong. The average person watching
this film would walk out after 30 minutes. The only movie I have ever walked out on was "Dude, Where's My Car?" and had I stayed, there might have been some redeeming quality. Not so with Birdman. This was just a bad movie, and either I didn't get it or I have no vested interest in the movie industry and couldn't care less about a movie about a play.
I don't even want to try to describe the plot, so let's just cut my losses and give this a 40 out of 100 points. Please don't try and convince me that I am wrong-this is like trying to convert a Republican into voting for the Democratic party. There is nothing anyone can say that will make me change my mind about this film, and I couldn't bear the thought of watching again just to see some redeeming value.