Movies BIRDMAN Soars at Venice Film Festival written by Robert Reineke August 27, 2014 We’ve hit the spot on film calendar where the Summer season ends and the page flips to the Fall festival season. The prestigious Venice Film Festival opened yesterday, with its biggest legacy perhaps being that it introduced the western world to Akira Kurosawa when it awarded Rashomon the Golden Lion in 1950, and the opening film was Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s BIRDMAN. The film was greeted with a thunderous standing ovation. Now, film festival crowds sometimes get caught up in the pomp and circumstance, not to mention their own cultures, and aren’t always representative of the reception a film will receive outside that environment. I sometimes consider it a badge of honor for a film to be booed at Cannes. But, it never hurts to make a good first impression, it certainly didn’t hurt GRAVITY when it premiered at Venice last year, and apparently, with a faux one-shot conceit and the same cinematographer, there’s a lot of similarities between the two. And a lot of differences judging from the more down to Earth setting, literally, and flat out satire. The reviews are strong this morning, with BIRDMAN being called the film of Keaton’s career, in several senses. The mainstream Variety says “BIRDMAN offers by far the most fascinating meta-deconstruction of an actor’s ego since “Being John Malkovich,” and one that leaves no room for vanity.” Praise like this, from both sides of the Atlantic, is certainly a good sign. Here’s a quick link to all the, so far, extremely positive reviews. Obviously, we’ll see how it plays when the hype dies down, but considering that people have now seen the film and there are several raves, it looks like we have our first big awards contender of the Fall. That it uses the idea of the cultural baggage of superhero films and Michael Keaton as a jumping off point, should at least make it somewhat relevant to this site, albeit in a more meta way. I know I’m intrigued. BIRDMAN is being released by Fox Searchlight and will roll out starting October 17, 2014. BIRDMAN Soars at Venice Film Festival was last modified: February 21st, 2016 by Robert Reineke Related Birdman 3 comments 0 Facebook Twitter Google + Pinterest Robert Reineke previous post Get Your First Look At Lucy Lawless In Marvel’s AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. next post New Look At Hawkeye In Marvel’s AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON You may also like OPEN FORUM: FURIOUS 7 April 2, 2015 The Fight for SNOWPIERCER October 22, 2013 The Fear of Artificial Intelligence in Hollywood:... April 7, 2015 Michael Keaton is BIRDMAN June 12, 2014 TERMINATOR GENISYS – Big Game Spot January 29, 2015 Retro Review: THE ROAD WARRIOR March 28, 2015 Open Forum: FRANK MILLER’S SIN CITY: A... August 25, 2014 Film Review: GRAVITY October 3, 2013 New Trailer And Banners For THE HOBBIT:... October 1, 2013 MAD MAX: FURY ROAD Makes a First... June 26, 2014 stock Could find cult classic status even if the hype isn’t all to be believed. At least for us Keaton fans. Robert Reineke Cult film, major Oscar contender, or somewhere in between, I don’t really care as I’m just happy to have Michael Keaton back in a leading role in, apparently, a really good film. stock Yes, and with a very pointed subject matter for him, I gather. We here in this country are amazingly stupid when it comes to art and theater. When we see an actor play a part well, we can’t imagine him doing anything else. Or we don’t want him to do anything else. Especially, the part of a hero. Ask William Shatner or Leonard Nimoy, or Adam West. The talents of these guys are debatable, but, its obvious when compared to say, Laurence Olivier, who played Lear a hundred times, that nobody went up to him and called out “Hey Lear!” I sometimes wonder with this new influx of superhero movies if we’ll ever be able to accept these actors in any other genre. Is the guy who plays Thor forever going to be known as “Thor.” Its a little different now with more avenues and media help for them, but at some point, the Shatners and Nimoys had to just accept it. I wish them luck. I’m sure Keaton is the right guy for this movie.