Birdy Print
Written by Reinaldo De La Cuadra   
Wednesday, 26 December 2007 21:13
Birdy (Matthew Modine) is a young person that loves the Birds. From small child he had been coincided with the life of Birds, the freedom of their movements, their behavior.

He was studying their feathers, their movements, the language of Birds. Birdy was continuously sheering off the world of people and as long as the years passed, he approached the world of birds. Until the War came. Along with his childhood friend Al Columbato (Nicolas Cage) they fought in the Vietnam War in different units. There they both met the horror of war.Al returned wounded in his face and body, Birdy however was closed in psychiatric clinic. Alan Parker presents the efforts of Al to restore Birdy from the world of birds to the real world, through childhood recollections, memories of the war, snapshots with the doctors that try to understand the behavior of Birdy and "cure" him. As long as the film goes on, rather is Al that withdraws from reality and realizes how hard the world has treated them.

Alan Parker presents with Birdy another one anti-war, dreamfull film. He has also directed the Midnight Express, Fame, Pink Floyd:The Wall, Angel Heart, Mississippi Burning, films with common characteristics despite their thematic differences.

The two young men, light-hearted until the war despite the diversity of Birdy, changed. Their war drove them bodily and intellectually to extremities, however with similar reactions. Alan Parker brilliantly sketches out the characters of two heroes and persons that surround them, he approaches Birdy with humor, much love and understanding.

The message of Birdy also penetrates Brazil and Dead Poets Society, the "Escaping Trilogy" that UNICORN projected (cf. Brazil review). The Escape characterizes the heroes, the Birdy appears to have succeeded, Al recognizes that the reality crushes him and tries to save Birdy and also save himself from the doctors-military warders.

The "Escaping Trilogy" climaxes with the next Strange Projection, the Dead Poets Society. Dream freely…