Director: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
Starring: Michael Keaton, Edward Norton
A jazzy little film that takes a closer look at the performing arts and the fine line between a performer and an actor, if there such a thing. Sean Penn once said Nicolas Cage is not an actor but a performer, and I guess Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu is trying to say the same thing here by taking an aging Action hero (ironically using Michael "Batman" Keaton) and putting him on stage in an attempt to get some respect amongst his peers and the public.
Michael Keaton plays a washed up superhero film star who directs, produces and stars in his own Broadway stage play. His daughter played by Emma Stone is out of rehab. His co-star Edward Norton can't get it up unless he's on stage and a top New York theater critic is going to crush him because she thinks he's not a true actor.
Like an actual play Alejandro has (in the tradition of Robert Altman) tried to do most scenes in one take. The camera work is pretty cool as one scene blends into another. The two parts that stand out the most are Emma Stones rant when she goes on about twitter etc and being popular. And the scene with the New York critic and Keaton in the bar. Very powerful messages in a world gone viral. At the end of the day it's a reflection of society and how many bums you can put on seats. Sad but true. ROB