Wednesday, 27 August 2014


Alberto Barbera was onto something when he selected Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's Birdman to open the Venice Film Festival 2014 in competition. The reviews have largely been excellent, with reports that the film has received an exceptionally strong reaction from the film's premiere audience. The only significant holdout on Birdman is Xan Brooks at The Guardian, but even he has plenty of good things to say about Inarritu's latest. The others, including Catherine Bray at In Contention, Alonso Duralde at The Wrap, Peter Debruge at Variety, Tommaso Tocci at The Film Stage, Jessica Kiang at The Playlist and Todd McCarthy at The Hollywood Reporter.