Birdman v/s Boyhood

Movie makers strive to create their absolute best work to earn the Oscar. And the 87th Academic Awards have created some buzz with the results. The award for the Best Actor was bagged by Eddie Redmayne for ‘The Theory of Everything’ and the Best Actress was awarded to Julianne Moore for ‘Still Alice’. The Oscar that every filmmaker aspires is, of course, for the Best Picture and the winner of this category has stirred some mixed responses from the global audience.

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When Alejandro Gonzále Iñárrit walked away with the Oscar in the category of the Best Picture for ‘Birdman’ not everyone was happy. Standing in competition was Richard Linklater’s ‘Boyhood’ that again received mixed reaction from the viewers.


The Oscar-winning picture was about a former cinema superhero Riggan Thomson, played by Michael Keaton. Riggan is ambitious about a Broadway production that he hopes will kick-start his stagnant career with a bang! There is a risk involved, but he hopes that his creative risk will finally prove his artistic abilities and that he is not just a washed-up movie star. The opening night is fast approaching when a cast mate is injured. This pushes Riggan to hire another actor, which is played by Edward Norton. This new addition is guaranteed to stir things up. Along with this, Riggan has to deal with his girlfriend, daughter, and ex-wife.

The movie showed some powerful performances in recent cinema. All the characters were incredibly fleshed. They were portrayed with raw and intense emotions that reflected in their performance. The one that stood out were the lead Michael Keaton. The character’s unpredictability and vulnerability were exuded with such precision by Keaton making him a living breathing being. Another actor that dominated the story was Edward Norton. He captured the attention in every frame that he was present in; it was obvious with the kind of cheekiness has gained him appreciation similar to that for Primal Fear and Fight Club.

Coming down to the technical level, the movie was simply brilliant. The direction by Alejandro Gonzále Iñárrit had a frenzied and desperate vibe that gave substance to the picture. The direction was backed by the absolute gorgeous cinematography done by Emmanuel Lubezki. Lastly, comes the editing, the picture was a seamless transition of scenes.

The movie had an extremely strong technically, but yet the movie was called an ‘epochal travesty’. Various critics debated that ‘Boyhood’ deserved the Oscar, yet there are others who thought ‘Boyhood’ to be boring and pointless. The point regarding both movies however, is, love it or hate it, but you just can’t ignore it!




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