Film Review : Bird (1988)

IMDB Score : 7.1
RT Score : 78%

Clint Eastwood’s biopic about Charlie Parker is both good and bad. For one, it was way too long, clocking in at almost three hours. The sound, which won the team an Academy award, was perfect and really highlighted what Parker and his band members were doing in the 40s and 50s. Forrest Whitaker was fantastic in the role that ultimately led to him winning best actor at Cannes but there was just something missing from the film. I feel the film focuses way too much on Charlie’s drug habits and not enough on his dark mind and troubled upbringing. Still, it was a decent film.