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DVD Review: BIRDMAN OR (THE UNEXPECTED VIRTUE OF IGNORANCE) Is A Modern Classic - Movies In Focus
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) is a complex film that needs multiple viewings to fully appreciate its wonderful richness. Movies In Focus reviewed the film on its cinema release but this is a fresh take on the dvd release of Alejandro González Iñárritu’s modern masterpiece. Alejandro González Iñárritu has delivered a masterful film in Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance). The multilayered multi-award winner is the freshest film to come out of Hollywood in years. How it squeezed though the studio system (particularly a studio owned by Rupert Murdoch) is anybody’s guess. Iñárritu takes multiple potshots at the blockbuster mentality of film, showing how superheroes have infiltrated cinema and squeezed out anything which challenges audiences. True artists struggle to produce something meaningful in a climate where explosions and destruction are the order of the day. It’s a high energy piece that scores high on technical credits and which also has first-rate performances from an impressive cast (Edward Norton, Naomi Watts and Emma Stone). Birdman is much more than an inside look at Hollywood, however the story resonates way beyond that. It’s about the human struggle to stay relevant, to feel that you’ve achieved something in your life – [...]