So I have two friends who saw the movie Birdman and ~loved~ it. They also insisted that anyone who plans to see it NOT find out anything about it beforehand, just GO. Being a huge fan of off-the-wall films like Mulholland Dr and Donnie Darko, we anxiously plopped our asses down in the theatre yesterday.
OK, as a feat of filmmaking, I get that having 99% of the film appear to be shot in a single take is impressive. I'll give it that. Also, the acting is very good. I'll give it that, too. But if the film is art (and it desperately wants you to see it as such) then there needs to be more.
You can go on and on about a painter's use of color and the masterful brush strokes, but if you back up a bit and the picture that was painted isn't something you'd want on your wall, then the skill of putting that picture on canvas was for naught.