When you enter a movie theater, you take your allotted seat. Then, you watch a few ads and trailers of films you didn’t come to watch. And then arrive the pre-credits. Along with that or post that, you get to see the opening shot of the film you have come to watch. Finally, you start feeling the film, the intensity builds and you become a part of the film. In other words, an opening shot sets the tone for the film. You get it right and you have the audience hooked for the rest of the movie. You get it wrong and there is a very little scope for improvement left. That is why the opening shot holds the most importance in a film.
World cinema has produced plenty of good films and those good films have generally contained perfect opening shots. Movies like ‘Goodfellas’ have time and again showed how it’s done. I personally feel that Martin Scorsese is the best when it comes to opening shots in films. His films have started well and gone to become classics. In recent times too, Marvel films, in particular, know how to begin a film. Here’s the list of films that have the best opening shots.
13. Deadpool (2016)
‘Deadpool’ turned out to be a revelation in Fox’s X-Men Universe. It had a mutant superhero like none before. And this was made clear in the opening shot of the film itself. Deadpool is anything but a serious hero. Played by Ryan Reynolds, he is found sitting in a taxi in the beginning as a Hindi song is playing in the background. Soon, we realize that we are in for much more than pure action and kickass dialogues. ‘Deadpool’ is funny, sarcastic and action-packed, all at the same time but it has a great opening sequence.
12. Mission: Impossible III (2006)
The third installment of the highly popular ‘Mission: Impossible’ series is better than its two prequels for two reasons. First, the film gives a really strong supporting cast to the ever-impressive Tom Cruise with the likes of Michelle Monaghan and Laurence Fishburne churning out good performances. Secondly, it has a different opening sequence than the first two films as Ethan appears to be in trouble and his tense looks really get to the nerves of the people.