How many movies can you think of that start with opening text on the screen and are actually good? No cheating with search engines. I can only think of two: Star Wars (I’m counting the whole franchise here) and The Wizard of Oz. And depending on your tastes, Blade Runner.
Starting a story with an explanation almost always feels like a pre-apology. “Okay, this is going to be rough, folks, but just bear with me, hear me out, please don’t get mad, just give me a chance, I promise, I promise it’ll get good.” My favorite is the start of Zardoz, which foregoes text and instead throws a giant
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