“Birdman (Or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”
That’s the rallying cry after the slighting of Michael Keaton at last month’s Academy Awards for the Best Actor Oscar. It may have been the script and role of a lifetime for Keaton, 63, who is best known as the always likeable Mr. Mom and Beetlejuice, and who has dozens of additional film and TV credits dating back to the mid-1970s.
“Birdman,” a dark comedy, did pick up Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director (Alejandro G. Inarritu), Best Screenplay and Best Cinematography, all of which were well-deserved.
Keaton, as Riggan Thompson, played in equal parts a vulnerable and empowered aging Hollywood superhero, trying to restart his career as a serious Broadway theatrical actor. The supporting cast of Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton and Emma Stone further support this monster-of-a-must-see-movie.
•In a nutshell: Five stars.