Unless you are sitting through a Marvel movie, there are very few people who sit through the end credit sequence. The minute that film turns to black and that soulful song starts to play, people are out the door faster than the lights going up. It’s a shame because genuinely, the end credit sequence celebrates the behind the scenes talents that have made that movie possible. In order to hook you in, however, filmmakers have gotten a little creative. Here are some of the best end credit sequences (click the title to view the video)
Sherlock Holmes (2009)
There have been so many adaptations of Sherlock, it is impossible to keep track. Do you enjoy Cumberbatch’s “high functioning social path?” Or Johnny Lee Millers Elementary? Perhaps its Basil, both mouse or Rathbone that grab your attention. In 2009, Robert Downey Jr took the mantle of the super sleuth with Guy Ritchie at the helm and Jude Law as the ever patient Watson. Ending on a high, the Sherlock end credits takes moments from the film and echoes them as sketches. Adding an extra layer of Victorian feel, these sketchings are wonderful done and look exactly like they are ripped from a diary kept by Watson (because Holmes would find those sort of things terribly boring.) It’s fantastic, too, to go through the best moments.
Satire does not get any better than this. Bring forth one spoof movie of recent years that has reach the heights that Airplane! did and I will bow my head in shame. Often voted as one of the most funniest movies of all time, Airplane! is still enjoyed by most. It was able to cheekily plough throw and spin the action movie set up right from start to finish. So do the final credit scene, even taking scenes from before and spoofing them too. More importantly than this, they managed to squeeze in some cheeky chappies as actors who appeared such as Charles Dickens.
Mary Poppins (1964)
There is nothing better than classic Disney films ending on a chorus of the most popular songs. Mary Poppins, despite being vehemently disliked by author P.L Travers (see: Saving Mr Banks whose end sequence depicting actual tapes of the vicious meeting are just as good,) is a feel good family romp that makes you believe in flying nanny’s and chalk paintings coming to life. After the song “Let’s Go Fly A Kite” is raucously sung by a choir, Mary Poppins flies over the tree tops of London to a medley of the classic songs. But it’s really the moment you find out that Dick Van Dyke not only played the awkwardly accented Bert but the old man at the bank who dies laughing. Childhood mind, blown.
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)
This is much more about Cameron than it is about our plucky narrating hero but I could talk about that until the cows go home. That being said, Matthew Broderick’s star making turn as a boy who pulls a sickie to explore the streets of Chicago are hysterically entertaining. Well, for most people. For teacher Edward Rooney, he is so angered by the blatant attempt to skip school that he goes on a madman mission to prove that Ferris is of full health. Needless to say, it all goes awry; battered and bruised, Rooney makes his way back to the institute and we are treated to his journey back on the school bus, with his tail firmly placed between his legs. It’s so iconic that it was recently imitated by Deadpool.
Snakes on a Plane (2006)
If you don’t love Snakes on a Plane then all your humour systems have been shut down and we can legally pronounce you dead inside. This tongue in cheek action movie was birthed from a generation of hyperactive social media users and caters to their every whim. It is meant to be silly and almost satirical because there is no other way to take Samuel L Jackson putting bullet holes in serpents. Definitely still marketing the movie at a certain audience, a music video was created from the pop punk emo of 2006. Gym Class Heroes, Cobra Starship (apt) and more sang on this made for the film song and it plays as catchy as ever through the end sequence. Enough to make your booty shake, (what just me?)
Filth is hands down one of the best movies of 2013. Nay one of the best films of all time. A film where the audience were treated to downright debauchery, ultra-violent insanity and a dwindling bi-polar cop. Played incredible by James McAvoy, the movie has a darker vein that is compelling to watch thanks to the stellar writing of original book author Irvine Welsh and director Jon S Baird. The end sequence with the will-get-stuck-in-your-head song “Love Really Hurts Without You,” has a little animated story to go with it with all the imagined masks of Bruce Robertson chaotic minds as cartoon characters telling a farm yard story. There is even a milk snorting cheery pig which is undeniably amazing.
What’s your favourite closing sequence?