With respect to Socrates, my unexamined life is not worth living. The front room is the face we show everyone but we hide our true self in the back room.
If you love the theater you will love Birdman. This film follows the movie stars, the strivers, the Broadway successes, the camera operators, key grips, the critics, the agents and the audiences through a narrative of mid-life crises and choices often taking us down into the underbelly of a theater as if perched on someone’s shoulder.
I’m gonna smack the play A Delicate Balance around some more. In a coincidental stroke, one of the actresses, Lindsay Duncan, who brought much-needed life to the stiff play appears in Birdman as a theater critic as feared as Addison DeWitt, delivering a scathing response to Michael Keaton’s character’s heartfelt plea for mercy, icily leveling the building full of Hollywood actors and actresses who storm Broadway’s domain disregarding the painstaking craft of theatrical acting, getting special treatment and an audience that could care less with the play and more with celebrity.
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