Riggan Thomson


Michael Keaton’s performance is outstanding in this movie, it’s the best comeback role since Mickey Rourke’s portrayal in 2008’s The Wrestler. It’s the best B-man Keaton’s done, not Beetlejuice, not Batman but Birdman. And like Randy ‘The Ram’ Robinson, Riggan is struggling for relevance and acceptance of todays pop culture. It’s a high wire act of self doubt, self importance and self improvement where things around just don’t seem to agree with him al that well that ought to make anyone call it quits. He’s on foreign terrain after all, an ex action star wanting to be taken seriously in the esteemed St James Theatre where everyone is watching him waiting for him to break, whether they’re on his side or not. It’s a role that’s all that’s so coincidental with Keaton’s own career that it edges towards self parody and one must wonder how much truth of Keaton’s own past is he imbuing here, it’s kind of worrisome really. Nonetheless its a role that for my money, could very well of won Keaton the Best Actor Oscar but since then Keaton has been sought after in roles for projects such as Spotlight, The Founder and the upcoming Spiderman: Homecoming.


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