In the days leading up to opening night, he battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, his career, and himself. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? Skip to main content. Buy new:. FREE Shipping on your first order. Arrives: Aug 23 - Fastest delivery: Friday, Aug 21 Details. In Stock. Add to Cart. Secure transaction.
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I certainly levitated with enjoyment. What is this? The Wings of Desire, as directed by Mel Brooks? At certain moments, watching it felt like inhaling laughing gas mixed with helium. Poor Riggan has haughtily abandoned the dumb superhero role of Birdman that made him rich and famous, and is now trying for credibility by starring in his own self-financed Broadway stage adaptation of a Raymond Carver story. He has hired his lawyer buddy Jake Zach Galifianakis to produce, and his daughter Sam Emma Stone to be his personal assistant, in a pathetic attempt to make up for neglecting her in childhood while away shooting those hateful Birdman films — an abandonment that contributed to her drug issues. As opening night approaches, the pressure is causing Riggan to hallucinate, and he is visited by the granite-voiced figure of Birdman , the superhero monster he created, ordering him to forget the theatre and reclaim his chief superpower: making movie megabucks. It is a film that has been wildly hailed by the critics, despite — I am sorry to say — depicting critics as fatuous, shallow, parasitic and prejudiced.
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Bathed in sunlight streaming in from an open window, he looks peaceful. But a voice inside his head is growling, grumbling, gnawing at him grotesquely about matters both large and small. But despite the chaos that surrounds him, he seems purposeful, driven and—for the first time—oddly content. These are the extremes that director Alejandro G. Make that a ton of fun. And indeed, before shooting began, the director sent his cast a photo of Philippe Petit walking a tightrope between the World Trade Center towers as inspiration. Through impossibly long, intricately choreographed tracking shots, the camera swoops through narrow corridors, up and down tight stairways and into crowded streets. It comes in close for quiet conversations and soars between skyscrapers for magical-realism flights of fancy. A percussive and propulsive score from Antonio Sanchez, heavy on drums and cymbals, maintains a jazzy, edgy vibe throughout. Sure, you can look closely to find where the cuts probably happened, but that takes much of the enjoyment out of it.