As movie goers all know the 2015 Oscar for Best Picture went to Birdman: Or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance. Every year, I wait to see what critics are saying deem worthy of a nomination and who takes the grand prize. It also won Best Director for Alejandro González Iñárritu. Best Original Screenplay and Best Cinematography This year, the Academy disappointed me once again.
I Redbox-ed this film, I went home and began watching it on my laptop. I fell asleep 40 minutes in. That should of been my first clue. The film dragged on, and I repeatedly checked the remaining time. I was questioning if his visions were fantasy or not, which turned out to be exactly what the writers and director was trying to accomplish by the conclusion. I also thought Edward Norton’s performance was far more Oscar worthy than Michael Keaton’s. I truly believe everyone in the business favored this film because they had ties.
The most worthy Oscar win with no question was Best Cinematography. The lighting, special affects and graphics were spot on and mesmerizing, but I really think other films were more adequate for the title of Best Picture.
Different stokes different folks, but I hated this film. Check it out for yourself though.