According to various news articles, many conservatives claim that "American Sniper" was snubbed for "Best Picture" this year. What are your thoughts on this? Did the Oscars snub "American Sniper" out of a well deserved "Best Picture" award? Or do you think "Birdman" was simply the best film of last year, and earned the award fair and square?
I haven't seen either movie, so based upon the context of your question I went outside the United States for film reviews. Both films received mostly positive reviews. But based upon what I read Birdman appeared to have the edge over American Sniper. The truth is that Hollywood has a tendency to scrutinize films that look into the soul of the industry. If they chose Birdman over American Sniper it was because the film earned the award.
I saw both movies and loved Birdman. American Sniper left too many questions and hit too close to a sad sad home.
Entertainment, after all, is valued for that. And Birdman brought us close to happier home… where our infamous egos run free.
that largely depends on how you interpreted the ending to "birdman" though. While I do agree with you that "Birdman" did end on a happy note, but my brother actually interpreted it differently that makes me think that maybe the ending isn't as clear cut as we might think.
Warning Spoilers here people for those that haven't seen "Birdman." At the end, Michael Keaton's character jumps out a window, while his daughter is later portrayed looking up in the sky while smiling. My brother thinks what happened was that he killed himself by literally jumping out the damn window, and that his daughter was so disconnected with reality that all she could think about was, "Man, my dad is going to be famous." He thinks this because he thinks that Emma's character wasn't really neglected but rather she thinks she was.
My main argument to my brother was that not everything in the film literally happened. Like when Keaton jumped off a building and flew across the city, that obviously NEVER happened, as it was suggested with the cab driver scene. Plus, I told my brother that we only saw birdman after the guy started to try to redeem his career along with trying to mend things with his estranged daughter. we really don't know what they're relationship was like before that point, but it was heavily implied with that one scene, when Keaton spoke to his ex wife, that he was kind of a neglectful dad prior to those events.
Anyways, we inevitably just agreed to disagree after debating this for awhile, but he did bring up some good points that lead me to believe that maybe Birdman's ending isn't as cut and dry as your making it out to be.
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