Madangnori full of sarcasm and mockery
*madangnori is a traditional Korean outdoor performances
|Korean Version of Birdman Poster|
The movie seems easy but hard to understand. At first, I couldn't make head or tail with many satires and symbols. Nevertheless, the film is very interesting, fun, and unique.
Story is quite simple. A washed-up Hollywood actor tries to reinvent his career by writing, directing, and starring in a short story named What We Talk About When We Talk About Love. Birdman shows a variety of episodes in the process. However, development of the story is not all of the film. Sharp satire and symbols add zest to the movie.
Riggan is a has-been Hollywood movie star. In fact, he resembles Michael Keaton playing the lead role. Birdman is quite alike Batman which the old actor played before. Riggan's alter ego Birdman suggest Riggan, who is tormented by the voice of him, go back to Hollywood giving up play.
Riggan's alter ego Birdman
Batman played by Michael Keaton (Batman 1)
|Riggan and Birdman|
Mike played by Edward Norton has received mostly positive reviews from critics and audiences, however, the fierce-tempered actor's actual life is quite mass. It has a strong resemblance to Edward Norton who has poor reputation between filmmakers and staff members despite of his excellent performances and great reviews from viewers.
|Mike and Riggan|
The movie satirizes on actors' real life and shows sharp satire on critics who ignore acting easily with their intellectual vanity. It also scoffs blockbuster movies using special effects which are not timely.
|Emma Stone playing Samantha|
Birdman criticizes stage actors who regard movie as just subordinate genre of play through Riggan's business partner taking care of long-take and ticket sales only. And it expresses criticism about conflict between generations in family and the younger generation through Riggan's daughter Samantha who can't communicate with her father well and just talk about recent issues like SNS and social marketing.
Let's Watch the movie trailer.
The film is also pretty interesting to hear instant percussion music. And I am deeply moved with admiration camerawork full of sarcasm and mockery, too.