I've had superhero films on the brain recently, what with our Avengers team up with Nerd Lunch and Cavalcade of Awesome these past few months. Today's scene isn't from a pre-Avengers movie or a Marvel film at all for that matter. Instead, I've chosen one of my favorite scenes from Zack Snyder's Watchmen - the opening sequence set to Bob Dylan's "The Times They Are a-Changin'".
In general, I could probably watch this film once a month. Maybe it's Snyder's directing or maybe it's the story or the cinematography. I find this scene in particular gorgeous and it really sets the tone for the rest of the film. The madness, death, and dastardly deeds on display only hint at what the movie has in store.
Probably the greatest aspect of the scene is the lush slow motion. Combined with Dylan's song the technique is almost hypnotic. I also get a kick out of the synthesis of fiction and real characters - JFK, The Village People, Nixon, Neil Armstrong, and Andy Warhol all make appearances. Even smaller details in the scene are great - 3:00 features a wintery snowglobe perched on a TV depicting a blazing Vietnam self-immolater.
Dylan's song really does make the scene, however. Read about it over on Wikipedia if you get the chance - it's got a great story in and of itself.
couldn't agree more! I'm sort of a Snyder fanboy and Watchmen fan as well, and I completely love what they did with the material. The opening was a pretty creative way to ease you into the Watchmen lore. Great stuff! Wish I had bought the ultimate cut on blu ray which is out of print now and going for a small fortune on e-bayReplyDelete
Markus - Just looked on Amazon. Holy shite that blu-ray is expensive! $90??Delete
Looks like it's only $20 for the DVD though, unless it's a scam or something...
Thanks for reading! I should have another post on Watchmen up sometime soon, hope you check it out.
I didn't really care for this movie, but this opening scene was completely brilliant. I think it'd make a perfect short film on its own. Great write-up!ReplyDelete
Alex - movie's definitely got its flaws, Malin Akerman being a huge one. I will always love this opening scene, though. Thanks for reading!Delete
Absolutely brilliant opening credits. If I ever did a favourite opening credits post, this would be right up there with Seven and Fight Club!ReplyDelete
Pete - Seven and Fight Club do have awesome openers. Fincher has a way with them. Girl with the Dragon Tattoo had a great one. I'd love to see that post if you ever do it. Thanks for stopping by!Delete