"Lesley: I wish I had more self-respect.
Laura: You're an actress."
Out of nowhere Birdman soars. I really didn't see this coming. In the beginning, we have a humorous 4th wall breaking link to actor Michael Keaton's career. Next a script that's witty and dark but is written to puncture your soul with a profound punch to the "average film-goers" gut. Beautifully mixed in is an absolutely damned awesome performance by Keaton, Norton, and everyone else who showed up on screen. The cherry on top is Inarritu's flawless direction. The end may unsettle you but what's the point anyway? This film was made to make fun of what viewers want and stress the importance of art and real creativity.