YMMV: Birdman

The Cartoon Series

The Film

  • Alternate Character Interpretation:
    • Riggan's Birdman persona. Is he a malevolent presence that wants to torment Riggan? Or a gruff voice of reason meant to help Riggan by telling him the truth and boosting his ego? Or is he somewhere in between? A figure providing a mental crutch that simultaneously traps Riggan in his nostalgia and helps him get through the stress of his Troubled Production?
    • There are a lot of viewers who think Mike was actually attempting to rape Leslie on the stage in the bed due to her reaction, and those who think he was simply faking her out to give her that reaction.
  • Award Snub: Although the film was nominated for 9, tying The Grand Budapest Hotel for the most nominations, it received no nomination for Film Editing, which is strange considering how it's one of the most distinctive aspects of the film's style. Some also felt that Michael Keaton should've won for Best Actor at the Oscars over Eddie Redmayne for The Theory of Everything.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: Lesley and Laura's lesbian kiss scene, which doesn't have any impact on the plot and is never mentioned again afterwards.
    • Laura doesn't even get called out for cheating on Riggan.
  • Critical Dissonance: In fact, as of its win at the 2015 Oscars, Birdman was the 2nd lowest-grossing Best Picture winner of all time. The only one that grossed less was The Hurt Locker. (Don't let the "lowest" statistic bother you though - despite that the film has made five times its budget in profit, so it was absolutely a success as a film.)
  • Genius Bonus: Of course Borge's Labyrinths is the book Mike is reading while in the tanning booth. It's blatantly symbolic of him, Riggan, and the film's high art obsession along with the film's Magical Realism elements.
  • He Really Can Act: Despite losing the Oscar for Best Actor to Eddie Redmayne, there's no denying that Michael Keaton delivers a stunning performance after over a decade of mediocre and secondary roles.
  • Hype Backlash: Following it's Oscar Win for Big Picture, there was a slew of criticism that Birdman's victory was more Hollywood politically motivated due to it's numerous Take Thats at the Superhero Genre.
  • Signature Scene: The scene where Riggan walks through Times Square in nothing but his underwear.
  • True Art Is Angsty: The movie depicts how the world of Broadway is embracing this trope. Riggan's suicide attempt is the icing on the cake.