They say that life imitates art, substitute Birdman for Batman and you pretty much feel that you're holding a mirror up to Keaton's film career. Famous for his role as Batman in the 80's Keaton's has been pretty absent from the cinema screen lately only turning up in lesser straight to DVD titles.

Keaton, in a terrific performance, plays a washed up actor called Riggan Thompson who was once famous for playing a superhero called Birdman. Now down on his luck and seeing actors such as Robert Downey Jnr now earning big bucks for playing modern day superheroes, Riggan has taken one last chance at raising his star power by throwing everything into a show that he is opening on Broadway.

Adding to his problems is the cast that he has hired to play alongside him, there's Mike Shinner (Edward Norton) an arrogant method actor who has been drafted in at the last minute to replace the previous actor who has ended up in hospital after a stage light landed on his head, Riggan has also found a role for his girlfriend Laura (Andrea Riseborough) and first-time Broadway actress Lesley (Naomi Watts). Adding to his problems is the relationship that he has with his ex-wife, who keeps turning up at the theatre, and his daughter (Emma Stone) who also happens to be his assistant.

Director Alejandro G. Inarritu has filmed Birdman so as to give the impression that it’s all done in the one take. It's certainly unique and much like The Wrestler reinvented Mickey Rourke's career this could do the same for Keaton's. If you enjoy great acting and something just a bit different then this is not to be missed.

Birdman (15)

1h 59m

Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu
Starring: Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone

UK Release: Friday 2nd January 2015

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