The Coincidental Critic

Exploring the art of storytelling.

Set the Birds Free


In memory of the late Robin Williams, I decided to watch “The Birdcage,” a film I hadn’t yet had the privilege of watching.

First off, I’d like to start with the title.  Of course, we all know that The Birdcage was the name of the club that Armand owned.  But this title has a deeper meaning.  It describes the men who are trapped in this cage, pretending to be something they’re not.  They need to be set free and show off their feathers.  This was a clever title choice.  It added more depth to the film.

Per usual, Williams did a great job in playing Armand.  He was sincere and authentic.

Nathan Lane was perfectly cast in the role of Albert.  Lane brought this character to life from his high-pitched sounds to his mannerisms to his walk.  I couldn’t stop laughing at how absurd Albert could be, but what made Lane’s performance superb was that he created a captivating character that I could sympathize with.  This may be my favorite performance by Lane.

Albert was hilarious, but I think the character that stole the show was Agador.  He made me laugh so hard, and he was completely lovable.  My favorite scene was when he tripped while walking in his shoes.  “It’s da shoes,” he said.  It gets me every time.  Hank Azaria (who played Agador) did a great job in keeping Agador’s accent consistent as well.

While I loved all of these characters, I couldn’t stand Val, who forced his father to completely change who he was to please people.  And the fact that Armand gave in to all of this just wasn’t believable.  If anything, I would have expected Armand to force his son to leave after hurting him so much.  Now, I understand that there wouldn’t have been a story if this had not happened; however, this made the story more of a satire which I assume is what the production staff were going for anyways.  I just personally like believable stories.

Overall, “The Birdcage” had a great cast and was a fun ride.  The actual story was a bit over the top, but the characters themselves made the film worthwhile.

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