THURS­DAY UP IN THE AIR

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - TV Guide - - WEEK IN MOVIES -

7.30PM, FOX­TEL DRAMA/ RO­MANCE Cor­po­rate “tran­si­tion spe­cial­ist” Ryan Bing­ham (Ge­orge Clooney) trav­els all over the US sack­ing peo­ple. He is very good at what he does – and aware enough to recog­nise a great day for him will al­ways be the worst day of some­one else’s life. A so­phis­ti­cated meld­ing of sub­tle, con­tem­pla­tive com­edy and mean­ing­ful mod­ern drama, this is must­see. It might sound like heavy go­ing, but it is blessed with a rare light­ness of touch to keep the blues at bay.

★★★★★

Keaton de­liv­ers a stun­ning per­for­mance as Rig­gan Thom­son, a for­mer movie star bat­tling to rein­vent him­self as a le­git­i­mate stage ac­tor. The cramped back­stage set­ting of Bird­man be­comes cru­cial to our un­der­stand­ing of Rig­gan’s plight. For back-up, Keaton draws from an im­pec­ca­bly cast sup­port en­sem­ble (Emma Stone, Naomi Watts and Ed­ward Nor­ton) which is never less than cru­cial.

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