Review Of The Movie 'The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance'

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“And did you get what you wanted from this life, even so? I did. And what did you want? To call myself beloved, to feel myself beloved on the earth.” Is a quote that is from author Raymond Carver that is shown in the opening scene of the Oscar winning movie Birdman: Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance.) Birdman: Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) is a story that follows Riggan Thomson (portrayed tremendously by Michael Keaton), a faded Hollywood actor best known for playing the superhero "Birdman.” Thompson is sick and tired of being known as “Birdman” or “That guy who played Birdman.” So Thompson writes, directs, and stars in a Broadway adaptation of the short story by Raymond Carver What We Talk About When We Talk About Love. Thompson has to deal with narcissistic …show more content…
The movie Birdman: Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) has one of the plots of all time. The movie shows beautiful realism and symbolism. Thompson has the spirit of Birdman follow him wherever he goes. “Birdman” is constantly insulting Thompson and saying that he should quit this “talky, depressing, philosophical b******t ” and go back to Hollywood and become “Birdman” where he could become famous once again and make millions of dollars. Obviously “Birdman” isn’t physically there, it is Thompson’s conscious, personified through this character he played in the past, regretting this decision to do this play and wanting to go back to Hollywood and become “Birdman” once again. Towards the end of movie Thompson characters in the play is supposed to kill himself with a fake gun. Thompson is depressed and, for the most part, can’t take life anymore. Thompson brings an actual gun on stage and shoots himself in the side of the head as part of the grand finale.

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