A twisty turn type film that leaves you completely hanging at the end with your own disillusioned thoughts. But don’t worry, that’s exactly what Mexican Director, Alejandro González Iñárritu intended. Him and his intelligent team of screenwriters actually preferred for it that way, they aimed for leaving the audience with their own interpretation of the ending and what to make of it all. The movie was very intense, it had many layers upon layers and it won many awards -rightfully so. We won’t try and solve the riddle, because it’s a personable open ended game for this movie. What we will do, however, is give you the ‘what we know forsure’ on the moral of this tale and what we can absorb from watching the ever amazing Birdman.
A Powerful Universal Message: The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance
The ego was a very central subject matter throughout the movie, from the main poster picture of the bird sitting on his head to the short synopsis written about the movie. References to that realm of our mind were brought up throughout. Edward Norton also stars in the film and the movie has some distinctions close to that of his role in Fight Club with Brad Pitt.
Lead character Riggan, played by Michael Keaton, was constantly battling his alter ego, which was the voice of his long gone hit movie character of the Birdman, who he played sometime ago (kinda exactly like his real life Batman movie – ironic on every level). Emma Stone, who acted as his daughter, continuously ranted to her father about some of the things she had learned while being in a recovery house about the ego mind and what it’s always after. She would talk about the dilemmas the entire human species have had regarding their need to stay relevant and their need to be important. She even had shown her father a toilet paper roll example in which one piece of the entire roll represented the time humans had been on earth, and how it wasn’t long at all, but we act like it’s been an eternity. Riggan was actually too consumed by his ego to even be paying attention to his daughter while she explained, and he ended up using the toilet paper piece (symbolic of human life) to clean his face. The movie really hits some internal chords and absolutely showcases a character who loses his mind, his world, and his life to his ego mind which tries to be the centre of focus any chance it gets. We won’t go too far into detail since the movie is filled with layers of details and we’ll let you be the judge of the film, the way the directors and screenwriters designed it to be… Let us know your thoughts in the comments section, we’d love to hear!
#MoralOfTheStory: This part of the mind exists in all of us, some of us less, some more, but it truly is a self defeating enemy, the egotistic mind. When you become aware of the ego mind, it becomes transparent and diminishes…
Here’s what spiritual master Eckhart Tolle, who specializes on the ego and intuitive mind believes (it completely correlates with the film):
“The mind is a superb instrument if used rightly. Used wrongly, however, it becomes very destructive. To put it more accurately… you usually don’t use it at all. It uses you.” – Eckhart Tolle