Saturday, 12 February 2011
Sequences Of A Titular Nature #7
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (2010 - Edgar Wright) - A pretty obvious choice I suppose (Art Of The Title recently chose it too), but it works exceedingly well merged with Sex-Bob-omb's opening blast of a song. The shaky images (which actually align nicely with the characters of the actors' names) and random colours seem to be little bursts of energy that scratch themselves right into the filmstrip and by the end of the titles, you're pretty much primed for the rest of the bright, fast moving story.
Monsoon Wedding (2001 - Mira Nair) - Though very simple and using only 4 or 5 solid colours, I like how these titles not only prepare you for the colourful setting of the upper class Indian family, but also for the even more colourful and ornamental wedding that follows. The shapes and designs are simple, but always flowing from one to the other and reminds me a bit of the great Saul Bass' title work.
Youth In Revolt (2010 - Miguel Arteta) - The claymation characters in these titles are strangely appropriate since Nick Twisp is soon to encounter his alter-ego Francois Dillinger and begin co-existing between his imagination and real life. The movie was a great deal more enjoyable than I expected and was even surprising in its smaller details (like these titles for example).
The Other Guys (2010 - Adam McKay) - Will Ferrell's most recent venture with partner in crime Adam McKay (director of both "Anchorman" and "Talledega Nights" - two comedies that make me laugh out loud) did very little for me. It wasn't really that bad and even contained a few funny moments, but it just never took off into flights of inspired silliness like the other two did. Its end titles were totally unexpected though - animated sequences stepping us through the recent financial crisis with stats showing criminal activity and corporate greed. I liked the info graphics and felt they did a great job in representing certain pieces of data, but it's not exactly a good fit for the movie.