"Maybe someday I’ll fly away, too.”

Rated 5.0

A washed-up movie star (Michael Keaton), hoping to scramble out from the shadow of the Birdman superhero blockbusters he made 20 years ago, tries to mount his own Broadway adaptation of a story by Raymond Carver, but everything seems to go wrong—starting with the fact that Birdman has infected his own unstable personality. Director and co-writer Alejandro Gonzáles Iñárritu's movie invites comparison with the ultimate has-been-nut-cast-movie-star picture, Billy Wilder's Sunset Blvd.—and amazingly, it holds up under the comparison, thanks to Iñárritu's brilliantly surrealistic technique, the can't-look-away messy state of the protagonist's head, Keaton's tautly pugnacious performance, and an equally strong supporting cast (Edward Norton, Naomi Watts, Zach Galifianakis, Emma Stone, Amy Ryan, etc.).