Well my survey of Alejandro González Iñárritu’s directorial oeuvre stalled out around the halfway point. That would be a more impressive statement if his filmography up to this point had not been solely four films. I just ran out of time to watch Babel and Biutiful before González Iñárritu’s newest film, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), was released, but from what I have seen, I am (perhaps prematurely) prepared to declare him a pretentious filmmaker with a very strong eye for the technical aspect of cinema. Birdman has finally roosted in the cultural consciousness, and it is time to determine whether the film represents the hatching of a new era for the auteur; a “molting,” if you will.
My rapid re-visit of Alejandro González Iñárritu’s career (in preparation for Birdman) continues with 21 Grams – the only Iñárritu film I have already seen the entirety of. The film stars Sean Penn, Naomi Watts, and Benecio del Toro as three deeply broken people, whose lives are tightly intertwined.
You might be sitting there wondering to yourself “why is Steven reviewing some random movie from 14 years ago?” The answer comes in the form of the film’s director. Amores Perros was the debut feature by Mexican director Alejandro González Iñárritu. Iñárritu’s latest picture, Birdman, starring Michael Keaton as a forgotten star known mostly for his iconic role as the titular superhero, is the movie I am most looking forward to before the end of the year. What better way to prepare than to revisit Iñárritu’s (divisive) filmography, and possibly temper my expectations for what’s coming by seeing what has come before.