Keaton soars in Os­car hit

Rutherglen Reformer - - The Ticket - with Ian Bunting

Bird­man (15)

A dizzy­ing satire of most gen­res, Bird­man is one of the strangest Best Pic­ture Os­car win­ners.

Michael Keaton has never been bet­ter and stunning cam­era work com­bines with a mag­i­cal jazz score for a feast for the eyes and ears.

It’s a chal­leng­ing tale worth in­vest­ing in — although the fi­nal shot takes things a lit­tle too far.

The Last Five Years (12)

Anna Ken­drick again shines in a mu­si­cal, this time mi­nus fairy­tale char­ac­ters and Rebel Wil­son.

Vir­tu­ally ev­ery word is put into song in a like­able, but for­get­table, adap­ta­tion of Ja­son Robert Brown’s hit stage show.

While it works for a while, by the end you’re pa­tience will be wear­ing mighty thin.

Un­bro­ken (15)

For her sec­ond di­rec­to­rial ef­fort, An­gelina Jolie re­cruits Starred Up and Skins star Jack O’Con­nell for a biopic of Olympic run­ner Louis Zam­perini.

The one-time Lara Croft has a re­mark­able true story to work with — Zam­perini be­com­ing a prisoner of war in Ja­pan af­ter crash­ing in the Pa­cific.

Much of her movie works, not least an­other strik­ing turn from Brit O’Con­nell in his as­cent to Hol­ly­wood lead­ing man sta­tus.

The cin­e­matog­ra­phy by Roger Deakins (The Shaw­shank Re­demp­tion) is breath­tak­ing too.

But too many pri­son movie clichés are wheeled out, with Ja­panese rock star Mi­vavi’s sadist com­man­der Watan­abe a strictly one-note car­i­ca­ture.

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