I miss title sequences. I realized this while watching The First Wives Club two weeks ago. (Have you seen that into? It’s so colorful and inspiring!) Movies nowadays skip the opening credits, and jump right into the action. It’s like meeting someone for the first time and not shaking hands or sharing names. There’s usually a whole scene before the title of the movie is introduced, and while that’s not exactly a bad thing, ditching the opening sequence is a missed creative opportunity for filmmakers.
My father swears that the first movie I saw at the theater was The Lion King, but I was four and have no recollection of the event. The first film I remember watching in that sacred place is My Best Friend’s Wedding (I was seven). I was in complete awe from the very beginning. That opening title sequence with the bride and her bridesmaids singing and dancing totally encapsulates the whole movie. It’s a sweet start and one of my favorites. So, in light of the lost art of title sequences, here are 9 awesome opening credits.
In the opening of Splice, we travel through the inside of a human being (or what looks to be anyway). This movie is about scientists who take different types of DNA to create a new type of being. There are a lot of special things about this opening – the carved out names are nice touches. But the bubbling effect and scaly surfaces tie in nicely with the movie. It’s definitly a strong start.
How could I leave out Alfred Hitchcock’s intro to Vertigo. This is a classic, and one of the best ever. The opening establishes the film’s mood perfectly. It’s mysterious, daring and filled with horror. The music and the images blend nicely, and it all goes with what follows.
Here’s a fun opening for a fun (& funny) movie. I love the dancing silhouettes of Michael Cera and Jonah Hill. It’s a nice introduction to their quirky moves, which we get to see later on in the movie.
The First Wives Club
The opening to The First Wives Club is completely underrated. The “comic-book”–style sequence introduces each actor with a lot of flavor and glamour. It’s such a colorful opening, and very dramatic, just like the movie.
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
David Fincher knows how to introduce a movie. His Seven intro is fantastic, but this one is totally badass. You can tell that a lot of thought and time went into this sequence. It takes things to a whole new level, and offers that hook that makes The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo so memorable. And Karen O.’s rendition of Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song” is chilling and sexy.