The intro to Sunset Boulevard is very simple. There are no special effects. No fireworks. No face closeups. The opening shot is of a sidewalk, which conveniently tells us the title of the movie. The credits follow, introducing us to the whole cast and crew, and it’s not until after the (last) name of the director (Billy Wilder) is shown, that the movie begins. It’s a simple yet brilliant beginning, and Franz Waxman’s intense score is so good.
Guy Ritchie does a fantastic job introducing Snatch. You get a sense of his style right away. The opening is fast-paced, naughty, interesting and best of all, it introduces you to everyone. I appreciate openings that are that effective. It makes it easy to remember who’s who.
The Fall was a 2006 film by Indian director Tarsem Singh, presented by David Fincher and Spike Jonze. This title sequence is beautifully shot. The images look so crisp, and the monochrome effect makes it all feel extremely personal.
My Best Friend’s Wedding
Like I mentioned above, I absolutely love the opening to My Best Friend’s Wedding. It’s so pink and pretty, and the song is very catchy. Despite how you might feel about the movie, you can’t deny that that’s a spectacular beginning. There’s nothing like it.