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Opening of Romeo and Juliet and Bend it Like Beckham

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Opening of Romeo and Juliet and Bend it Like Beckham

It is very important that a film has a good opening. As these first

few minutes of a movie establishes the first impression and causes the

viewers to carry on watching. So, what makes a good opening? The main

aim of the opening is to grab the audience's attention (make them want

to watch more). The opening should tell us the genre of the film, the

setting or location, and it may tell us one of the storylines of the

movie to keep the viewers watching and to give the audience a taster

of the narrative. The opening should include many different

techniques, from catchy music to fast paced editing. The most

important element to a good opening is the element of suspense and

mystery. An opening that makes the audience ask questions is a good

opening. Film language plays a key role in giving a film a good

opening. So, the use of Genre, Intertexuality, Lighting, Colour,

Sound, Mise-en-Scene, Camera angles & shots and the Editing style &

pace, can all make a good opening. If the use of these film languages

in the opening grabs the audience's attention and makes the audience

ask questions, the film is then known to have a good opening.

In this essay I will be discussing the film openings of 'Romeo +Juliet'

(1997) and 'Bend it like Beckham' (2002). I will be comparing the two

film openings and deciding if they are good openings using film

language and what affect this has on the audience. I will also be

seeing which film has the better opening in my opinion.

In the opening of, both 'Romeo + Juliet' and 'Bend it like Beckham' we

are shown the genres of the two films. The film language used...

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In conclusion, I believe that 'Romeo + Juliet' had the better opening

out of the two. 'Bend it like Beckham' was a good opening but to an

extent it would have only attracted a certain number of groups,

especially those who were interested in football. However I believe

'Romeo + Juliet' would attract many different groups of people. This

is not the only reason why I believe this was the better opening. I

believe 'Romeo + Juliet' used each film language element in a well

organized planned and sorted way, as each element contrasted with the

other and worked together. Whereas, 'Bend it like Beckham' focused on

each element separately. I believe the film opening of 'Romeo +

Juliet' was extremely powerful, original and gave the element of

mystery. These were the things I did not find in 'Bend it like

Beckham'
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