It may not seem like it, but Bird is more than a tribute film to the genius Charlie Parker. Helped by a labyrinthine structure, which combines various stages of Parker's life, Eastwood draws up a stunning portrait of a legendary jazz era. And Forest Whitaker is the man tormented by his constant personal failures, failures that are combined with the music and the tragedy of his friends and family. It may not be an ...
Eastwood costruisce un biopic molto particolare,senza la classica successione degli eventi,ma con un racconto fatto di richiami ed ellissi su un genio autodistruttivo.Fotografia straordinaria,piena di contrasti tesi a sottolineare le luci e le ombre della vista dell'artista,interpretato da un Whitaker fantastico.Forse alcune scene si potevano evitare per la loro verbosità,ma nel complesso è un lavoro grandioso.4*
One of the many things I found interesting about this film was that Eastwood made, at the height of the 'Just Say No' war on drugs campaign, a sympathetic biopic of an addict whose struggle is clearly a health issue, and deserves to be treated as such--the criminalization of his behavior by the police is shown by Eastwood to be not just damaging to Bird personally, but also ineffective in addressing the drug problem.
I think Clint would do a better job with this film today. His directing has matured to a whole new level over the last decade. I know he is a jazz lover, and the story of Charlie Parker isn't an easy story to tell, but this just didn't go deep enough into why he was what he was both musically and personally. I like the film for bringing jazz to the forefront however.