Yaniv not only credits Mimi for making him into a filmmaker, but also for making him into an adult. He never gets tired of quoting the advice she once gave him. "When life deals you lemons, make lemon drop martinis."
Our 'hero' -- Riggin (literally and figuratively) -- is haunted by the voice of his iconic movie character, Batman, er, Birdman. He is often in the throes of human despair. Or he experiences what might be called the 'magic realism' of levitating, flying and causing much mischief.
We are now into the sixth year of Barack Obama's presidency, and the communications efforts are clearly lacking. Somebody in the White House should head out to the Reagan presidential library and spend some time in the archives studying how Deaver did it.