Watch this Birdman fly

Birdman promises a stunningly surreal journey with the wonderful Michael Keaton.

BirdmanI thought that we’d see Birdman, the new film from the acclaimed director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, at Cannes this year but it wasn’t to be. We haven’t had that long to wait though to see the movie’s teaser trailer ahead of its autumn release and it’s everything we’ve come to expect from this visually gifted film-maker, who’s given us Amores Perros, 21 Grams, Babel and Biutiful to date.

From the minute I heard that the film followed Michael Keaton’s once famous actor (for having played an iconic superhero – something familiar there) as he struggles to mount a Broadway play in the hope of regaining some kind of glory, I was hooked. It’s been too long since this terrific actor has been front and centre in a movie and although he’s recently popped up in supporting roles in the likes of the remake of Robocop and Need for Speed, I’ve really missed seeing him on screen in a meaty leading role because he’s superb.  Let’s not forget that before a certain Mr Bale, Keaton gave us a wonderful Bruce Wayne in the 2 Tim Burton Batman movies and around that iconic superhero portrayal, have been winning performances in Beetlejuice, Clean and Sober, Pacific Heights, The Paper and Jackie Brown, with my personal favourites showing his brilliant range – as the husband who discovers he’s actually a pretty good parent in the hilarious Mr Mom and as the terrifying killer constantly one step ahead of Andy Garcia’s cop in the thriller Desperate Measures.

Joining him in this beautifully surreal-looking journey are 21 Grams’ Naomi Watts, Emma Stone, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan and Zach Galifianakis – what a cast. Take a look at what’s in store and get ready for October when we’ll watch this Birdman fly…

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