I remember the first time I had seen T-1000’s entrance in ‘Terminator 2′. The lightning, the blue atmosphere, the melted fences, the storm blowing ferociously and that behind the shoulder shot, followed by the first glimpse of the merciless robotic killer. I was blown away, and I later thought about how big an impact first impression really makes. Now, this may not necessarily hold true in all cases and would spoil the character development in many others but if perfectly applied where it fits, a great character entrance always seizes the viewers’ attention. I also remember the first appearance of Death in ‘The Seventh Seal’, there’s nothing flashy about the shots, only an immeasurable awe at the concept Bergman would introduce in his first feature film.
Some entrances also grown on us after a duration, as a result of our increasing fondness towards certain characters, in my case Snake Plissken’s entrance in ‘Escape From New York’. They maybe long drawn out shots, playing with our imagination or unexpected reveals, showcasing the director’s imagination, one thing is for sure they stick with us for a long time. Now, I’ll be looking at some iconic character entrances from films that definitely shaped the way characters were introduced in the future. Here’s the list of top movie entrances ever.
15. Tony Manero in ‘Saturday Night Fever’
Tony Manero’s entrance in ‘Saturday Night Fever’ was probably the coolest moment of that decade. The few minute long introduction sums up the 70’s in perfect fashion; Bee Gees’s Stayin Alive, Travolta’s Presley get-up, the impoverished streets and most importantly the flashy lifestyle that every youngster lived no matter how shallow the present or future was. Flashy doesn’t necessarily mean being ignorant here, it signifies the optimism they had and this is what makes it a defining piece of visual literature from that decade.
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14. Space Station 5 in ‘2001 : A Space Odyssey’