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Watch: First Trailer For Alejandro Iñárritu's 'Birdman' Starring Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Norton & More

by Oliver Lyttelton
June 12, 2014 1:30 PM
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Well, our week just got a whole lot better, because the trailer (and poster) for one of our most anticipated films of the year has arrived. We've been enormously curious about "Birdman," partly because it's the latest film from one of our favorites, Alejandro González Iñárritu (or Alejandro G. Iñárritu, as the trailer now bills him), and partly because the film promised to be something of a departure, apparently a more comic vibe for a filmmaker whose work before now, like "Amores Perros," "21 Grams," "Babel" and "Biutiful," has tended towards the bleak.

The film stars a comeback-courting Michael Keaton as an actor best known for starring in superhero movies (meta!) who aims to revive his career on Broadway, with Emma Stone, Zach Galifianakis, Amy Ryan, Edward Norton (wrestling in his underwear in the trailer), Andrea Riseborough and Naomi Watts also among the cast.

The trailer reveals that it's definitely different, but also clearly the work of Iñárritu. It's not quite what we were expecting: there are a lot of fantasy sequences and the like, and a dark undercurrent (the music, a slowed down version of Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy," probably gives a clue as to where things are going), but it looks stunning and fascinating and exactly what we were hoping, a sort of blend of "Opening Night" and "Black Swan." Fox Searchlight releases the film on October 17th, but look for it to pop up at Venice, Telluride or TIFF before then.

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  • j | June 16, 2014 9:10 AMReply

    Check out Norton's little hand movement to distract Keaton's character just before he attacks him back. Genius comedic acting. Norton's really impressing with his comic chops these days.

  • BOBY | June 13, 2014 3:56 AMReply

    During the premiere of GRAVITY in Paris, Alfonso Cuaron told that one of his friend was currently doing a movie in one single long shot which "will blow us away".
    I think it could be this BIRDMAN.
    And guess who is the director of photography on this one ?

  • Rosario | June 12, 2014 8:00 PMReply

    Still remember the time I found out about this project. Needless to say I cried a little bit watching the trailer. Looking amazing!!

  • Rod | June 12, 2014 3:48 PMReply

    wow, now that's a trailer!

  • Tom | June 12, 2014 3:07 PMReply

    Great trailer. Have been looking forward to this one for a loooong time now.

  • DG | June 12, 2014 2:31 PMReply

    Looks promising for sure

  • Fong | June 12, 2014 1:28 PMReply

    Malick does "Harvey Birdman."

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