Call me old-fashioned, but I like to be wooed. However much I want to see a given movie, however much I’ve anticipated it (I’m looking at you, Fantastic Beasts), I still want to be convinced that this movie is going to be worth my time. The opening title sequence is a way to do just that: grab my interest, dart my curiosity, sweep me off my feet.
Many contemporary movies forego the possibility of an elaborate opening title sequence and replace it by merely superimposing titles over a first exposition scene. The action (or dialogue, usually) being all about exposition, and your attention going back and forth between the written words and a not-too-useful moment: I don’t find myself so hooked. I’m not one to to claim that everything was better before, yet I have to acknowledge that the opening title sequence is something that the classics did splendidly -and far better than today, in no small part because they did it and we don’t anymore. So I caught myself wondering, when many just begin their movie, what are the virtues of the opening title sequence.
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