So the lights go down, four or five people in four or five different parts of the theater give audible “SHHH” noises, and there’s a light rustle as people settle in for the next couple of hours.
After the commercial for the snacks in the lobby, the commercial for the Will Rogers Institute, and the commercial telling you to turn off your dang phone, the lights go all the way down and the green bar comes up telling you that this trailer has been approved for everybody.
Pitch black for a second… then you hear the opening chords to THAT SONG. The song that makes you say “okay, you had my curiosity… now you have my attention.”
For me, that song was by the Smashing Pumpkins. The Beginning Is The End Is The Beginning.
Sadly, Watchmen didn’t live up to the song. To its credit, it did better than Batman Forever did with The End Is The Beginning Is The End.
The slower one does a good job of saying “this will be a broody adolescent fantasy” and the faster one does a good job of saying “this will be a frenetic adolescent fantasy” and, way back when, that would have been enough to get me into the theater. To be disappointed, perhaps, but at that point the theater already had my money.
Brief aside: The somewhat forgettable movie The Big Hit had Wyclef Jean’s amazing “We Trying To Stay Alive” and that song got me to go see the movie and… it didn’t appear in it at all. I even sat through the credits.
Good song though:
So… what song got you to see the movie?