5 Opening Scenes So Good They Made The Rest Of The Movie Look Boring

BY JAY EVANS

Have you ever seen a movie intro so creative it kinda made the rest of the movie a little bland?

I’ve seen my fair share, and while many of them don’t have a terrible story arc, it’s just a little disappointing when I get so into the movie right at the start but slowly lose my interest and by the end I’ve forgotten why I even liked it in the first place.

Here are 5 movie intros I thought were incredible compared to the rest of the movie. The list of movies range from terrible to genius but the opening scenes are what make them stand out.

  1. Scouts guide to the Zombie Apocalypse

I thought I’d start with an objectively terrible teen horror. It opens with ‘Ron the Janitor’ played by Blake Anderson shamelessly singing ‘Black Widow’ by Iggy Azalea into his mop while a scientist in a secret lab is doing sciency things in the background.

Of course Ron gets curious, lets himself into the lab, notices what seems to be an infected body lying on a gurney, it turns out to be a zombie, Ron gets attacked and becomes a zombie himself and then the rest of the movie happens…

I’d rewatch the movie purely for this one entertaining scene, but actually I probably won’t. Moving on.

  1. Melancholia

Q: Who doesn’t love Lars Von Trier? A: Probably 99% of the people who’ve seen his films and have then gone to weep in a corner because they’ve forgotten what life is.

The theme of the movie almost glorifies depression and how only people who suffer from this illness can deal with real life problems. I’m already sad.

The opening scene, however is COMPLETELY different from the rest of the movie. It’s a poetic, artistic montage of beautiful shots foreshadowing what will happen later. If this was a standalone scene you’d find it at a modern art gallery.

If you want to be transported into another world for 5 minutes take a watch of this one scene, then turn it off because although I wouldn’t normally suggest tossing the rest of a movie aside, I would for any film made by Lars Von Trier.

(Although, you can if you want. I’m not telling you how to live your life but don’t say I didn’t warn you)

  1. La La Land

To switch gears a little bi- A LOT, I will mention La La Land. Overall, I loved this movie. It’s your classic ‘I’m in Hollywood and life’s a struggle as an artist so I’m going to make a musical about it and all my fellow creatives will empathise with me’ type film.

I generally love musicals, and yes, I empathised with the Emma Stone’s character. The opening scene, though … I secretly (and desperately) yearned to jump out of my seat and dance along in the aisles.

For that one moment I felt alive. It took me back to my high school drama/musical days when I was an acTOR.

The rest of the film was great, but nothing compared to what I experienced as the curtains rose (metaphorically).

  1. The Greatest Showman.

2017’s quota for ‘this is the musical this year’. Like La La Land I loved this movie, probably more than others did. Every piece of music was sing-along-able.

Opening numbers seem to be written to stand out and ‘warm you up’ for the rest of the show so this one is no different. Unlike the others I mentioned, this entry does not include too much contrast. It opens with a 9 and continues with a 7.

  1. Magnolia

If you watch this 3 hour long montage you’ll walk away asking, ‘Frogs? Why tho?’.

At the start we’re introduced to a theme: amazingly, interesting real life coincidences that make you wrestle with the thought of a higher power, the bigger picture and the meaning of life.

I wanted more of this for the rest of the movie and although they didn’t not do that … it just wasn’t the same. Like entries 3 and 4 the rest of the film wasn’t bad but I WISH THEY GAVE US THE BIGGER PICTURE for what we just watched. I think this was the intention, though. Grr.

Films in general need something to hook you with to keep you watching regardless of the rest of the story. Maybe I’m just becoming a typical ‘kid these days’ with not allowing something to keep my attention unless it grabs me from the start.

I’m ironically contradicting something I wrote a while ago about giving movies a chance. I won’t lie, though, if a movie starts with a bang, it’s bound to set the audience up with some degree of disappointment. Harsh? Yeah, probably.

These are just 5 examples of popular movies with a great opening scene in my opinion, so if you have any others in mind, let us know in the comment section below.

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  • Jay Evans

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    Jay Evans has spent the last 8 years working as a film editor, 4 of which have been with The Initiative Production Company. In his spare time he enjoys music, comedy, experimental cooking and getting lost in the woods.

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