And by best I don’t mean epic (because that’s everyone’s list on the internet.) I mean opening scenes that I found amusing because WTH.
5. Catch Me If You Can.
Basically, the entire movie is played out right here in the opening sequence from beginning to end and you don’t even realize it. Which is perfect for this film. I like the animation and score for this opening. It’s fun to watch and listen to. You get the intrigue, suspense, mystery. The era and setting of the film, the characters. Everything. I like it.
4. 10 Things I Hate About You.
Speaking on behalf of the world, we love this movie. It’s stupid yet so fun. Kat’s poem is basically our feelings about this movie and every other teen angst movie out there: “But mostly I hate the way I don’t hate you. Not even close, not even a little bit, not even at all.” But this week, we’re here to talk about the intro. It’s the best opening scene of all the high school teen movies out there that begin with jocks and misfits and ends with proms and true loooove. Popular 90’s song One Week by Barenaked Ladies gets dominated by Joan Jett and Kat’s snarky eye roll and we fall in love with her before the movie even really starts.
3. Terms of Endearment.
First time moms are cray-cray, right? They can convince themselves of all the worst possibilities that can happen as Baby grows. In this scene, Aurora goes into Baby Emma’s room and is immediately convinced that Baby isn’t breathing. She’s yelling for her husband as she’s trying to climb into the crib with Baby. (Because that’s rational.) But after realizing she can’t actually climb in in her dress, pinching Baby will have to do. So she does. And then Baby cries. (Of course.) To which Aurora responds, “Oh. Good. That’s better.” And walks out the room, closing the door behind her. Aurora is forever provoking some sort of response from her daughter, and even as a baby Emma was like, “le sigh, woman. I’m okay. You’re okay. We gon be okay. Lemme sleeeeeeep!”
I mean, what even. So many details make this scene so perfect and just as quirky as Winona Rider herself. The shoulder pads, scrunchies, walking over the beautiful flowers, Que sera, sera playing, Heather, Heather, and Heather. And then… Veronica’s head in the grass being whacked by a croquet ball. “Dear Diary…”
Okay. I had to. The more I thought about it, the more I realized how much I really, really, really love this opening sequence. We feel their feelz! We feel them so big. And we keep those feelz throughout the entire movie like we were floating away on the same damn balloons. It’s crazy.