Birdman (2015) is a borderline-arthouse movie. The camera dances around the key characters in long, continuous shots – it’s the kind of film you can get lost in. If you’re looking for a Fight-Club level tilt from Edward Norton, an only-slightly Galifianakis from Zach, and an amazing performance from Michael Keaton.
There are underlying themes of life’s purpose, legacy, reputation, and a surreal bent with the ever-present gaze of Birdman. The rules of the film’s universe are not made entirely clear until the end of the film, which could – in my opinion – be stronger without the last few minutes. But it’s quite the character study, and – despite plenty of content that earns its MA rating – asks some big questions.