If I were to say just one thing about Birdman, the first word that comes to mind is ambitious. There's no denying that this film tries. My god, does it try. It's a technological masterpiece, evident by the fact that the film has been edited to look like one continuous moving shot. Yep, you read that correctly. One continuous shot that spans over the course of multiple days. It's an achievement of cinema, and it's quite an experience that's worth seeing at least once. While it's fairly obvious where the cuts are, credit must be given to the editors for doing their best to hide these cuts. Credit that the Academy clearly didn't recognise, but whatever. I'm here to talk about the film, not the awards that it won or did not win.
The movement of everything is just so fluent. I'm not just speaking about the camera work either, but the pacing and runtime too. They just smoothly manoeuvre from scene to scene and without interruption. The time passes by rather quickly and by the time its all over you can't help but feel as if you've been on a journey, of sorts. Whether this was an extraordinary one, a mediocre one or a terrible one, that's up to you. I seem to be hearing all three of the mentioned reactions.
Another piece of reflection present in the movie is the actual play that Riggan is trying to put on. This play, in more ways than one, is a self reflection on his own life story, and it's the details like this that I loved about the film. Constantly wanting to be noticed and to fit in, his character manages to ambitiously write that into his own play, and this is at one point mentioned by Edward Norton, who straight up tells it to Riga's face, beginning a feud between the two characters that lasts for the entire movie.
To sum up, Birdman is an ambitious movie from start to finish. While it's a technological masterpiece, if you take away its one continuous shot, I don't feel that it would earn as much praise as it's currently receiving.