Arriving like a breath of fresh air amidst this summer season, the first stellar teaser for Alejandro González Iñárritu‘s Birdman has us counting down the days until October. A sure bet for the fall festival season, the dark comedy follows Michael Keaton as a once-famous actor known for an iconic, eponymous superhero role. Today brings a new look at the project as well as some exclusive details surrounding its ambitious execution.
As set across a 48-hour period while Keaton’s character attempts to mount a Broadway play and reclaim his personal life, it will be a far more immersive experience than one might have imagined. Cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, coming off Gravity, has helped Iñárritu devise a film that will appear to be accomplished in one extensive sequence.
According to multiple sources who saw the film earlier this spring, the effect is akin to Alfred Hitchcock‘s Rope, with seamless segues of CGI and black spaces stringing together no more than a dozen single shots in one long, continuous sequence. While we must note that these stem from a test screening, our sources say the feature seems finished, and it’s difficult to imagine cutting down the carefully constructed film.
When it comes to narrative, we’ve learned it, somewhat unsurprisingly, is very self-referential in terms of Keaton’s career, commenting on the absurdity of fame as well as leaving one’s legacy in their craft. While there are a few funny moments, our sources indicate it’s mostly dramatic fare with some unexpected elements (i.e. supernatural telekinesis) thrown in. So, less than a year after Gravity, it looks like we could expect something perhaps even more ambitious from Lubezki. In the meantime, check out new images above and below.
BIRDMAN or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance is a black comedy that tells the story of an actor (Michael Keaton) – famous for portraying an iconic superhero – as he struggles to mount a Broadway play. In the days leading up to opening night, he battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, his career, and himself.
Birdman, also starring Lindsay Duncan, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone, and Naomi Watts, opens on October 17th.
Hitting theaters in wide release this weekend is John Wick, a film I fell for at Fantastic Fest and I’ve since revisited. The actioner, from first-time filmmakers Chad Stahelski and David Leitch, follows Keanu Reeves’ title character who left behind a life as a hitman for Russian mobsters to settle down for a quiet life with […]
Welcome to the latest episode of our official podcast, The Film Stage Show. This week, editor Nick Newman, writer Danny King, and I discuss Alex Ross Perry‘s Listen Up Philip, which is now in limited release and available on VOD. After that, we take a look at the films coming to theaters and home video in […]
As my review can attest to, I’m looking forward to not only watch John Wick again but also see how the film hits with general audiences when it arrives this weekend. The actioner stars Keanu Reeves as an ex-hitman who is crossed by the son of his old employer. When everything is taken from him, he decides to […]
Latest posts from Beats Per Minute