I am back ladies and gentlemen. I know, I know. Its been a while since my last post and I am terribly sorry to keep you waiting this long. (you better be!) Things happen and distractions pop up out of nowhere blah, blah, blah lets move on!
There hasn't been much in the movie department that has stood out recently so I have been holding out. I may have come across two movies that have completely taken me by storm though. First of two is, of course in the title, Birdman. I have been sitting on this egg for a little bit of time and finally got around to watching it. I always like to think that things happen when they are suppose to and this movie seemed to start playing at the right time. Habituals below:
- Visuals- Single Shot Sequences. LOVE EM!
- Audio- Atmospheric.
- Story- Very relatable.
- Acting- Its a movie about actors. It better be good!
- Rewatchability- 8/10
- LORS- Dimpressive (depressingly impressive)
Birdman is a feather of a tale. It's the piece that falls to the ground and picked up by a wandering stranger. They then take said feather, insert into hat or necklace, and carry on with their daily lives. Forever on display. Parading around until one day the wind kicks up and latches onto its fading desire to keep soaring in the skies. Forgotten and waiting replacement. This is a tale with many angles and emotions; most of which I am still trying comprehend.
The main thing that I enjoyed about this film is how it connected with my current state of mind. I don't know why I have been in a down mood lately, maybe its the birthday blues that follow aging or maybe its just me, but I have been. I needed to feel something and this got me going, well this and the movie that I watched before it but I will get to that one at a later time. The main character is a washed-up actor that is trying to prove his worth in the busy world of New York City. He obviously realizes that his life is going to shit and is trying to get back into the limelight. His demons constantly tugging on his shirt causing a step back as his ambitions are progressing in the opposite direction. Said demon never fully revealing its motive until things start to really hit the fan. Its hard dealing with depression alone and this is a wonderful example that shows it perfectly to the viewer.
Riggan (Michael Keaton) slowly loses his mind and you feel bad for him. If you don’t then you need to get some things sorted out in your life. He had great success a long time ago and has not amounted to anything since and its freaking him out. He feels like his world is crashing down and following his dream of theater is the only thing saving him from taking the easy way out. Everyone wants to be loved and everyone wants to feel like their time on this planet was purposeful. Everyone trips into a rough spot from time to time and depending on how resilient you are will affect the outcome of said trip. This movie is not taking your hand to guide you but its giving you glimpses on what can be done.
I personally suffer all the time with depression and anxiety. I let it get the best of me more than I would like to admit and am consistently fighting. I've canceled on countless dates, avoided family encounters, sat by idly as people took advantage of me, and shut people out all because some fucking mental complex is telling me that I should do. I have cried, I have been broke, and I know there is so much more in store for me yet here I am. Still kicking with a fake smile on my face to distract others from the darkness. This movie shows you just how hard it can be behind the wheel and for that I am greatful. It didn’t make me feel any better or shock my system with an epiphony, but it did remind me life can be worse. If you let that voice tug on your shirt too much then it will rip and you will be left out in the middle of Times Square with everyone staring, camera phones out, and laughing.
To sum it up, Birdman was a wonderful roller coaster of a ride that will leave you laughing and cringing at every turn. I would advise watching it on a sick day or a lazy Sunday.