I'm jazzed by every tasty, daring, devastating, howlingly funny, how'd-they-do-that minute in Birdman. Like all movies that soar above the toxic clouds of Hollywood formula and defy death at the box office, Alejandro G. Iñárritu's cinematic whirlwind will bring out the haters. They can all go piss off. Birdman is a volcano of creative ideas in full eruption. Buy a ticket and brace yourself.
The short take on Birdman is that it's a showbiz satire. Yeah, like Pulp Fiction is just a crime story. We're talking reinvention here. Michael Keaton, in a potent, pinballing tour de force, plays Riggan Thomson, an actor who's fallen on hard times since playing the superhero Birdman in a trilogy of blockbusters. Sound familiar? It should. After two acclaimed turns as the Caped Crusader in Tim Burton's Batman films, Keaton knows from what he's acting.