An excerpt from my script review for Birdman which will be available 11/17/14:
3.) Quality of Characters
Matt vs. Riggan
Found it very interesting how they were more or less two peas in the same pod.
Riggan is a washed up actor, trying to prove he’s still legitimate.
Matt’s a legitimate stage actor that wants to prove he’s God’s gift to acting.
Where they’re more or less the same, is that they’re only that great in their own minds.
Perfect scene for this, where they’re at a bar, Matt just gets done telling Riggan how he’s super awesome, with Riggan trying to explain he wants to be a serious actor, and a tourist family shows up.
They have no clue who Matt is, and only knows Riggan for his Birdman role, of which, the kid thinks Birdman is Batman’s grandfather or something.
It more or less sums up what the story is about, narcissists who will never live up to the expectations they set for themselves.
And like the Nightcrawler script, you kind of feel bad for the other characters that choose to love them.
It’s been a while since this came up, so I forgot where I generally put it.
I had a problem with all the “big names” that kept being dropped in this script.
That sort of thing really isn’t funny except when those characters later make cameos as themselves.
(The example I’m thinking of is This is the End where Channing Tatum shows up.)
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