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10 Terrible Opening Sequences of Otherwise Great Movies, According to Reddit

Movies like Top Gun: Maverick holds the audience’s attention from the first moment. However, not every movie is a crowd pleaser. Some movies, even particularly good ones, can start off a little slow.


Redditors are quick to point fingers at which particular movie started not working for them. Some of the answers are quite acceptable, while others may turn out to be controversial. One thing unites these films: they just get better as time goes on, and audiences shouldn’t be turned off during the first act.

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2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

by Stanley Kubrick 2001: A Space Odyssey is pretty much an undisputed classic, but the very things some love about it are the same things others take issue with. Namely, the film is mostly silent, 20 minute+ opening.

However, TheHypocondriac wrote that the movie “absolutely bored them” to death throughout the opening sequence, which… turned out to be a pretty decent-sized portion of the movie, which the Redditor admits surprised them despite its notorious length.

The Deer Hunter (1978)

The deer hunter is a phenomenal film from front to back. Its reputation for poignancy precedes it, and the film manages to establish itself as one of the best for all involved. This is significant as the cast includes Robert De Niro, Meryl Streep, John Casale and Christopher Walken. However, Sarahphoenix gave it as an example of movies with a slow start. As they wrote: “It just dragged on and on with the character building and I was pretty bored.”

The Redditor acknowledged that the characters grew on them, but TheHypocondriac made a good point that the viewer actually needs “that VERY slow character building to grow your emotional attachment to.” This is an excellent point and absolutely true. The viewer can absorb these characters in their natural state, living their normal lives before everything is torn away from them through war and chaos.

Red Sonia (1985)

1985 Red Sonia is an adaptation of the Marvel Comics (now Dynamite) Red Sonja. Most famously, Arnold Schwarzenegger plays a supporting role as Lord Kalidor, who was originally (and obviously) supposed to be Conan the Barbarian. Like Sonja, Conan was created by Robert E. Howard and comes from the crash Conan the Destroyer, Red Soniathe chances of success were slim. It did not exceed expectations.

Or, as OnlyYodaForgives put it, “I think the rest of the movie is worth watching, but the opening parts of Red Sonia are pretty gross.” More power to the Redditor and to each their own, but it’s not really just the first act of Red Sonia it’s “pretty rough”, more like front-to-back execution time.

Death Becomes Her (1992)

Robert Zemeckis Death becomes her is one of the most unique comedies of the 90s. The plot follows the eternal enemies of Meryl Streep and Goldie Hawn Madeline Ashton and Helen Sharp, both of whom will stop at nothing to surpass each other in physical beauty. Naturally (or rather unnaturally) they seek a potion that can grant eternal life, but it always comes at a price.

One Redditor wasn’t happy about the opening as they wrote that “It starts with this tasteless gingerbread theater number, then takes you into a petty feud between two late 30’s enemies…” The theater number is a rocking opening number, but Death becomes her isn’t a film that embraces convention, so the fact that the opening doesn’t fit the rest of the film makes sense.

Hellboy (2004)

Redditor therogueidealist shows the extended opening of Hellboy (which covers a lot of backstory to the narrative) with “The beginning feels clunky and out of place.” They then hypothesized that skipping the first 20 minutes would actually benefit the viewer.

That’s a stretch, especially considering Hellboy isn’t as established a character as Superman or Spider-Man. But the style still doesn’t match the rest of the film, which Glasshahk clarifies: “The beginning just feels out of place because it’s the only part that hasn’t aged well…”

Click (2006)

in Click, Adam Sandler portrays Michael Newman, a role pretty firmly in his wheelhouse. He has given a twilight zone-type a remote at Bed Bath & Beyond by a man named Morty (a particularly goofy Christopher Walken) and from there Click goes from a Sandler movie to a (somewhat) emotionally mature one).

Redditor cdbavg400 brought up the film’s unexpected poignancy: “I’m starting to think it’s another dumb Sandler movie. I ended up feeling all the feels. All of them.” Click is truly the deepest of Sandler’s comedies (although Big daddy has its moments) and its unexpected dramatic weight is the highlight of the running time.

A Scanner Darkly (2006)

To Richard Linklater Scanner Darkly is a relatively faithful adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s novel. Like that superb work, the film is filled with remarkably interesting characters dealing with some basic addiction issues. These characters are also perfectly cast, with Keanu Reeves, Robert Downey Jr., Winona Ryder, and Woody Harrelson giving perfect performances.

Lowkey_A_giraffe wrote that they “remember hating the first twenty minutes” of Linklater’s film, but ended up liking it as the narrative progressed. Scanner Darkly is a niche item, whether it’s in terms of its visual style or its heady storyline, and it announces itself as such from the first moment.

The Fog (2007)

It’s always a pleasant surprise when a legitimate theater actor steps into a genre role with as much enthusiasm as he brings to a project of The mystical riverMarcia Gay Harden’s height is extraordinary in The fog (which, as The mystical riveris one of the best movies with disturbing endings), but her antagonist Mrs. Carmody doesn’t appear until after the first 15 minutes.

There’s also the stunning ending that Aztrak76 pointed out when they suggested The fog like a good movie with a bad opening. As a Redditor wrote, “It’s a little cheesy, but the ending is killer.” The ending of The fog is stunning, and while the beginning isn’t bad per se, it doesn’t hold a candle to the conclusion.

Scream 4 (2011)

cry 4 ended up being Wes Craven’s final feature film, and while it didn’t live up to the standard set by the franchise’s first two entries, it held its own and certainly surpassed the quality of scream 3. However, there were some cracks in the ship’s hull.

For example, MishBBfan felt that the fake opening(s) “should have stayed in the first draft”. Even a self-confessed fan of the film, Accomplished-Look-16, agreed that “its opening is weak.” The opening to cry 4 is the absolute lowest aspect of the film and sets the narrative on a lazy path that thankfully the rest of the narrative (mostly) avoids.

Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)

Solo: A Star Wars Story easily had the most difficult production of all of Disney star Wars project, but it still could have ended much worse. Even with the director change halfway through, the film is held together by some memorable set pieces and an excellent supporting role from Woody Harrelson.

NAMGAL1SIPSCLAR wrote this Solo: Star Wars History “fits” into the category of movies that are overtly bad and get better as they run. In the words of the Redditor, “the first 15 minutes are incredibly bad,” but they improve almost immediately to the point where the third act “is actually pretty good.”

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