Friday, 10 April 2009

Great Movie Openings

What makes a good opening to a movie? In my opinion, it's an opening that says something about the movie itself - grabs your attention, tells you what to expect, sets the tone, introduces characters etc.

My all time favourite opening is in SAVING PRIVATE RYAN. This assault on Omaha Beach is brutally shocking and brilliant cinema. It's made all the more powerful by the fact that it actually happened. The epic 20 minute long opening is split into two parts for your shiny viewing:



The TERMINATOR movies have always started with flashforwards to the nuclear war and a powerful voice over. The best one is by far in TERMINATOR 2: JUDGEMENT DAY. It very cleverly introduces John Conner, tells you what to expect in terms of tone and action and also pitches the movie to you. For some reason, I can't seem to embed any videos to this, so check it out on youtube here.

PULP FICTION has an incredible opening, again setting the tone for the movie. In classic Tarantino fashion, the witty dialogue and situation placing makes for brilliant comedy and drama:

Now think back to the first time you saw THE MATRIX - you had no idea what it was about. Who are the good guys? The bad guys? I didn't know. And it's that confusion that the opening plays on. Take a look as it ticks all those opening boxes - tone, characters, action, tension, interest, questions.

These are just a few of my favourite film openings. I could go on and on but then I'd be embedding videos all day. What are your favourite openings and why? Let me know.

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