SO, one of my favourite things to do on my here blog is participate in Blogathons, especially really cool ones like Two Dollar Cinema’s Mt Rushmore of Movies 2017 blogathon. The rules are simple: take 4 cinematic things you love and tell us why they should be carved into rock for all eternity. Don’t hold back. It’s a chance to talk about something you love so DO IT! For me, nothing beats a really good opening scene. So I’m gonna share some of my favourites, but if that’s not your vibe then make sure you head over to Two Dollar Cinema to find something that is. But first, at least give my picks a chance?
I feel like I talk about this film a lot recently. But it’s because I love it so much and the opening is so good! Not only did the entire film rejuvenate the stale slasher genre, it’s opening scene is some of the best minutes in horror history. Drew Barrymore, playing Casey Becker, is home alone cooking popcorn and preparing to watching a scar movie. When the house phone rings she answers and strikes up a conversation with the sinister voice on the other side. In which one of the most infamous lines in horror was said “what’s your favourite scary movie?” The opening of Scream really set the tone for the film. It killed off one of the biggest movie stars of the time and delivered enough tension and gore to be right up there with the Mt. Rushmore of movie openings.
ARE YOU EVEN HUMAN IF THE OPENING SCENE OF UP DIDN’T BREAK YOU?! In the opening scene we meet Carl a young kid who’s obsessed with exploring. Whilst Carl is playing one day he meets fellow explorer Ellie, who expresses her dream to move her clubhouse to a place called Paradise Falls. Cue montage of the two growing up, falling in love and saving up for their Paradise Falls fund. A lot of cuteness and a marriage later, the heart break begins. Failed attempts at having children, illness striking and killing Ellie and Carl being left alone in his house is just about enough to make you stop the film there and go hug a loved one. It really is Pixar at its best and delivers a lot of emotion all in one punch whilst planting the roots for the film’s plot.
American Psycho (2000)
Patrick Bateman’s introduction is… unforgettable. The opening minutes of American Psycho are both relaxing and uneasy. The film opens with a slow track into Bateman’s New York apartment, he’s beginning his daily routine. An frozen eye mask on his face while he works out, a shower in which he carefully selects his shower gel and shampoo. Then his specific skin care routine that ensures he stays looking youthful and healthy. All finished off with a face mask that serves as the perfect metaphor for our main character. It’s an opening scene that doesn’t pack a lot of action; not a lot happens, but it’s the perfect way to introduce us to the American Psycho himself.
The Dark Knight (2008)
I mean, when the opening scene of a film is released in IMAX for people to watch MONTHS before the full film is released, you know you’ve got a corker. A normal day in Gotham begins with a bank robbery, obviously. But this is Gotham so the bank isn’t any oridnary bank (it’s a fucking Mafia bank) and the burglar isn’t any oridnary burglar (he’s The Joker). Fantastic editing, fast action and tension building was the perfect way to introduce Heath Ledger’s Joker. I’m not one to partake in the ‘Best Joker’ debate, but I do love this introduction. It’s sharp, brutal and scary (imagine having to hold onto a grenade so it doesn’t blow up). Christoper Nolan reintroduced us to his Gotham perfectly, so that’s why it’s filling the fourth place in my Mt Rushmore of Movie Openings.
I had a blast doing this. Thank you to Two Dollar Cinema for hosting, I can’t wait to read everyone else’s!