I believe that the single most influential film for me was Birdman by Alejandro In?a?rritu. Birdman is an ambitious technical showcase with a gripping plot. The movie follows a worn out Hollywood superhero, Riggan Thomson, who creates a Broadway production as he hopes it will jump-start his stagnant career. It tackles the complex problems of identity, relevancy and just like the alternate title says, the unexpected virtue of innocence. Some of the films best moments are when the film veers from the world we know to something we don’t, we see this while Riggan is battling with the voice in his head. One example is the opening scene of Riggan in his room at the theater, we see that he is levitating above the floor, meditating. This scene really helps set the mood and expectations for the rest of the movie. At one point, Iñárritu chooses to break the fourth wall and show the films drummer on screen, this change helps keep the viewer intrigued in the film. Usually, this interruption would distract from the film, but by creating this interruption, In?a?rritu complements the organized chaos that this film oozes with each shot. With this in mind I believe the cinematography in this film was incredible, necessary and difficult, for Iñárritu, this choice was intentional to go along with the realism and chaos of the film. The camera is able to work its way into the action and showcase the theatrical and sprawling transitions that create the constant feeling of chaos throughout the film and really helps separate this film from a lot of others. In addition to the chaotic structure of the film, the dialogue keeps the movie light and intriguing. With the cinematography and the heavy plot, having dialogue that keeps the movie light and intriguing is a staple. In?a?rritu does this by occasionally inserting revelatory dialogue that allows the viewer to follow along with ease as well as maintain the chaotic structure of the film. The light dialogue compliments the cinematography style and heavy plot. With these points in mind, Birdman is a well composed, well written and intrigue masterpiece. Its unusual but necessary use of dialogue and well-composed shots that keep the viewer intrigued throughout the film are just a few reasons why Birdman by Alejandro In?a?rritu is the most influential film for me.