Alejandro G. Iñárritu's black comedy Birdman stars Michael Keaton as a former star of a superhero movie who looks to make a comeback on Broadway. The first trailer is out now and boy, does it deliver on the awesome.
The film is about a washed-up actor who once played an iconic superhero and must overcome his ego and family trouble as he mounts a Broadway play in a bid to reclaim his past glory. An apparently more comic vibe from the director of Amores Perros, 21 Grams, Babel and Biutiful, yet still mixing in Iñárritu’s incredible use of photographic grain, low-key lighting, and impressive tracking shots.
The film’s cast is an impressive mix of veterans and rising stars including: Emma Stone (The Amazing Spider-Man 2), Zach Galifianakis (The Hangover), Edward Norton (Fight Club), Amy Ryan (Gone, Baby, Gone) and Naomi Watts (King Kong).
The first trailer is giving us a small taste of the odd mix of fantasy, broken-dream storyline and hard-hitting, gritty satire. Check it out for yourself:
The use of a slowed-down version of Gnarls Barkley’s Crazy accompanying the trailer is probably a good indication of the darker undercurrent the film has in store for us. It’s also hard to ignore the casting decision of Keaton, who first played Batman 25 years ago, and has been pretty quiet for years now. It’s possible this could be Michael Keaton’s comeback as the role looks like it could be both physically and mentally demanding which could lead to a powerhouse comedic performance.
Keaton has recently been appearing in a slew of big-budget movies (Need For Speed, RoboCop), and this by far looks to be the best of the bunch with a deft mix of Charlie Kaufman meta-narrative and Black Swan paranoia. To top it all off, the film’s alternative title The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance speaks volumes as to the state-of-mind of so many fallen celebrities who continue to live in ignorant bliss as to their current [lack of] societal relevance.
And here’s the poster:
Fox Searchlight will release the film on October 17th, but look for it to hit the festival circuits like TIFF and Venice before that.
Images: Fox Searchlight Pictures