2014 was a tremendous year for film. Many of my favourites of last year broke new ground in storytelling, visual FX, box office success and cinematography. However, one movie ended up just rubbing me the wrong way and I think justifiably so. That movie would be Birdman: Or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance starring Michael Keaton, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts and Ed Norton.

While Birdman had some undoubtedly brilliant moments, I also considered it quite pretentious and far too snooty for its own good. Birdman is definitely a good movie and one that was shot brilliantly, however it did not deserve the Best Picture Oscar for 2014, which was one of the best and most memorable years film has had in a long while.

Why People Love Birdman…

With a critic’s score of 92% and a lower audience score of 74% on Rotten Tomatoes, Birdman was yet another film that critics loved but audiences didn’t love as much. Again, it’s not to say that Birdman wasn’t a good movie, because it was a good movie, but that’s all it was for most part.

Birdman took home $103.2 million at the box office from a relatively small budget of $18 million. For me, the best part of Birdman was how it was shot. Made to look like one continuous shot throughout the entire movie, Birdman was a different and unique film that I respect on that level. I also enjoyed the performances in Birdman. The entire cast were tremendous in their roles, including lead Michael Keaton who was nominated for a Best Actor Oscar. I also enjoyed Ed Norton’s Oscar nominated performance and Zach Galifanakis as well. For me however, Emma Stone was the real stand out in Birdman. She was absolutely phenomenal as the recovering, realistic daughter of Michael Keaton’s character and absolutely shined in her role. She was also nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress.

Why I Didn’t Love Birdman…

With all that said and done, I was still heavily disappointed in Birdman’s story and for the snooty attacks it made on the recent popularly of comic book movies. Birdman’s Writer/Director Alejandro González Iñárritu, obviously didn’t grow up as a nerd who had to hide his love for comic books in fear of getting bullied and/or beaten up like I had to. Otherwise he might have a little sympathy for how amazing the recent popularly of comic book movies really are. Birdman’s criticism that A-list actors don’t want to go back to their roots, many of which come from the theatre, because they’re too busy “dawning capes”, is nothing more than arrogant and elitist.

Pardon me Mr. Iñárritu for being in love with the fact that little kids can go see movies about superheroes, a love that used to get me beaten up just 20 years ago. Pardon me for enjoying this new resurgence and for A-list actors wanting to do movies that can help boost their popularity and their careers. We can’t all make pretensions, dull art house movies about death and guns like you do, sir.

In the end, Birdman is a well shot, well acted film but also has one of the strangest and most confusing endings I’ve ever seen and not at all in a good way. While Birdman is definitely A GOOD MOVIE, it was also completely OVER HYPED and OVERRATED, particularity by film critics. The Oscar should have gone to The Grand Budapest Hotel, Selma or Whiplash.

Funny enough, Iñárritu also directed Babel, which is number one on my bottom 5 most hated movies of all time, yet he also made Children of Men, which is not only a masterpiece but in my top 20 favoutire films of all time. Go figure, huh…