Recent films like Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, and television shows like Westworld, have stood out in recent years by bringing back a popular trend of a time nearly forgotten.
Do you remember the days when every movie began with opening credits? Right around the mid-2000s, that all completely disappeared. Very rarely do we see these anymore. There was once a time when every single movie would start with a flurry of names appearing on screen, sometimes over a scene, other times over some B roll set to music, you would rarely see a movie without it.
Alas, as I said, around the mid-2000s, these opening credits almost completely disappeared. For years, there were hardly any movies that had opening credits. The ratio of credits to no credits was essentially inverted. During these “void years,” our lust for opening credits was hardly sustained.
It is now that we have reached the present period of opening credits: the resurgence. In recent years, we’ve seen a rise in the use of opening credits. One of the most acclaimed of these was Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. This movie used music to its advantage, its soundtrack was a huge part of the film, and it made this very clear right at the beginning with opening credits of Chris Pratt (as Peter Quill) dancing to Redbone’s Come and Get Your Love, an opening credits scene that would be remembered as one that brought back opening credits again.
Following Guardians of the Galaxy, we’ve seen opening credits become more and more common, once again. Especially with many new Netflix shows, with incredible sequences like that of Westworld and American Gods, and while the title sequence never completely disappeared from television quite like it did from movies, they were rarely as creative as the more modern ones we’ve seen today.
Personally, I couldn’t be happier. I think that opening credits sequences have a lot of potential in a movie, it’s such an effective method of setting the tone. I love that there are endless possibilities, and I can’t wait to see what title sequences the future has in store.