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The Importance of the Opening Scroll in Upcoming Trilogies

Discussion in 'General Movie Discussion' started by Lord Phanatic, Feb 7, 2018.

  1. Lord Phanatic

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    I was introduced to Star Wars in a theater watching the preview of TESB. When I wen't to see the actual movie, I was amazed and sold on the opening crawl alone. Since then, (and I think we all can agree), the opening crawl has become an integral part of the saga films. Now we are on the precipice of two new trilogies, two new sagas. IMO, I think they should continue the opening crawl in new saga films at the very least, to keep alive an important part of the Star Wars traditional aesthetic. I can deal with a spin off not having the crawl because spin off's are isolated and set apart from the saga films. Your thoughts on this?
     
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    This is actually a very valid point. After Episode IX, it appears that for the next several years Lucas Film is switching gears and will be focusing on the two new sets of films instead of just making more Episodic films. If they stick with the idea that the opening crawl should just be for the Episodic films, then we could, potentially, be going without something that's been a major part of the Star Wars aesthetic for years.

    I agree, I think that, with this upcoming break with the Episodic films, Lucas Film should, somehow, incorporate the opening crawl in some manner to keep it alive. Whether or not it would remain exactly the same the opening crawls in the Episodic films, however, is debatable, as I imagine they'll still want to find a way to separate these new films, stylistically, from the "Skywalker Saga".
     
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    I missed the scroll in Rogue One, it's like that whole start of that movie is so jolting and off. The scroll provides three key elements:

    1. It's retro. It has a beautiful feel of 50's serials.

    2. It's unique to Star Wars, no other franchise does this and it's become iconic to the brand.

    3. It's immersive, it lets you settle into the galaxy, sink into the story. It also leaves you with anticipation with what the first shot will be as the letters fade.

    I know scrolls can't work well for anthologies, but Star Wars has some iconic elements that I hope don't get tossed aside.
     
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    i miss it in Rogue One too.

    it's the thing that absolutely says: now you are going to watch yourself some Star Wars! : D

    also, can someone confirm or debunk to me that the constellation pattern in the scroll is the same in all the movies?
     
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    When watching Rogue One I think that without the opening crawl, it was a little downgraded. Plus that is one of the things that I really don't like about Rogue One. I personnally think they should try to incorperate the opening crawl in the upcoming trilogies/trilogy. The opening crawl is a true symbol of star wars. It's not the same without it.
     
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    I think it was the right decision to not include an opening crawl in Rouge One. I like the idea of spin-offs having the same style of opening and let's keep in mind that not every potential standalone story needs a crawl. I guess it would technically work for Rogue One, but definitely not for Solo. One of the reasons is that the crawl itself is epic and Han's story shapes up to be something down-to-earth. Moreover, I can't think of anything reasonable a crawl for Solo could say. So I'm sure it starts with cold open too and later we get the same title card as in RO with Han's new theme playing. I would even like to hear a very similar orchestral stab at the very beginning.

    As for the crawl in the future trilogies/series - it's tough to tell. I mean, think about it - there could be a decade of non-Saga films ahead of us, from what it looks like. Is it OK to have six (or so) films in a row without the classic opening? On one hand I think it's nice to have it reserved for the Saga, but on the other hand I could see the crawl work e.g. in Rian's trilogy. And if they use it for Rian's trilogy, is it OK if they come up with something different for the B&W "series"? It's a difficult creative decision. I'm open (no pun intended) to various solutions, but I hope they'll remain consistent.
     
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