Opening titles that can evoke a specific mood are a rare find these days. It just isn’t the trend anymore to bathe the audience in a piece of extended scoring that sets the tone appropriately, eschewing the burden of drama for a moment to build musically, letting the viewer arrive at a cinematic location through the senses, not direct explanation.
Ben Affleck’s eye-opening directorial debut “Gone Baby Gone” didn’t have much in the budget for credit design magic, instead commencing with carefully selected shots of dispirited Boston neighborhoods and a sensitive, bleak theme from composer Harry Gregson-Williams to tie it all together. It was a promise of grief and isolation the film would thoroughly live up to. In a film of astounding competency, starting the film with this emotive theme music was Affleck’s finest decision.
The film’s trailer: