Forest Whitaker was stellar cast as Bird & brought much life to the character. The jazz scene back then was a passion filled environment but rather dingy & disconnected to popular music circles.
Although not a wildly entertaining & fast moving film it was interesting & engaging piece of cinema. Well worth a watch if your Eastwood Enthusiast.
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But truly with all that it relies on Forest Whitaker to hold Bird aloft. Alas, Bird in fact had the living embodiment of Charlie "The Bird" Parker to play the titular role. Forest Whitaker, who put intense study into understanding the mind of Charlie Parker teaches us about him through his ability to capture emotional intensity and manipulate his emotions as seen fit, and the product turns him into an impeccably strong and dedicated character actor overnight due to a performance worthy of an Academy Award nomination. It's Forest Whitaker who works to breath life into this biopic about a legendary musician, and he does so by becoming one himself, at the same time as becoming The Bird.
Diane Venora and Michael Zelniker also worked hard to their roles and have strong performances to bold to their names.
And frankly Clint Eastwood does do a good job as a director overall because of the strong dramatisation he does through application of the atmosphere.
The atmosphere in Bird is immaculate. It captures the atmosphere of Blues music through its groovy music but dark visuals, made available through atmospheric lighting. Along with that is great costuming and a perfect timing look which gives Bird an excellent production design befitting to the iconic musician it covers. The music is also excellent.
So Bird has flaws, but it has an impeccable atmosphere and a great lead performance from Forest Whitaker in one of his finest, so it's a mostly successful biopic.