Clint Eastwood's moody, evocative direction and Forest Whitaker's strong, sensitive performance are the chief proponents to recommend an otherwise muted biopic of '40s jazz legend Charlie Parker, who fell victim to his chemical excesses and convinced the doctor who pronounced him dead that he was a good four decades older than he actually was. The film doesn't try to assign clear blame for Parker's demons, though the era's racism is addressed unflinchingly. Clearly a labor of love, Eastwood's movie structurally attempts to ape the angular music of bebop itself (there are flashbacks within flashbacks, which gets a little confusing), but doesn't quite capture the smolder of the period. Diane Venora registers strongly as Bird's wife, Chan, the woman who can't rescue Bird from the abyss into which he peers. --David Kronke --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Very Good Docudrama , Clint Eastwood is a great storyteller and shows his love of music and musicians warts and all.Published 15 months ago by Chales V. Jones
The Great Charlie Parker... his life...his tragedy...
Everyone have to know about this Historical Musician
This movie was a disappointment for me. I had hoped to learn about a creative musician's life but that is not the story here. Read morePublished on April 5 2004 by Amazon Customer
Forrest Whittaker is one of the best actors in Hollywood. It's a shame we don't see more of him but he had a triumph with Bird. Read morePublished on July 14 2003 by Amazon Customer
I saw this movie a long time ago and liked it. Unfortunately,
the DVD is "copy protected" and will not play on most
computers unless you have CSS cracking... Read more
I know this is an unpopular opinion - but this is NOT a good film. It isn't even an interesting one! I love jazz, and love documentaries - but this was just confused and boring.Published on Oct. 11 2001
How does one make a mass market movie about a cult figure? Director Clint Eastwood seems to have a satisfying if imperfect answer with BIRD. Read morePublished on April 10 2001 by J. Lund
Leonard Maltin writes "...he used to play the flugelhorn and coronet". How can you trust a review that complains that the movie is "overlong" by someone who... Read morePublished on March 18 2001 by me