I have no problem with the opening sequence itself (it didn't age well, that's all) but with the voice over. Who's doing the voice over? Is it a professional actor? I even wondered if PTA did it himself. I have the feeling I could do better (I just doesn't have much of a voice, but the guy doing the voice over usn't that impressive either).
Once again, I love most of the individual scenes but what is this movie about? If the topic is just "we're lonely, and sometimes we really meet, but above all, strange things happen", it's a bit light for me. Especially the "and it did happen" part.
Yeah, terrible singing sequence. Same reaction here.
I also thought the narrator was PTA at first. It's actually Ricky Jay. He's in the film, he works on the set of the game show (I forget his exact role - look him up).
Obviously there's a whole bunch of 'short stories' involved in Magnolia. But I'd say the main point of the film is to answer the question if whether or not these 'strange occurrences/meetings' happen by chance or if there's some Godly, fate-like reason behind them. That's sort of what the narrator sets up at the end of the opening sequence, where he seems to imply that there are
fate-like reasons for these things (which, following my theory of everything, sort of sums up the whole point of the movie right away).
We're then brought through the movie, where everything which happens between the characters seems valid as being mere coincidences. And then the frog rain comes, the one thing which happens to unite all the characters. This, also, in the 'Magnolia universe', is the only thing at this point which can not be a coincidence. There have been reports of frog rain in real life in the past, but nothing even close to this extent. Therefore there must be some sort of Godly reason
why it happened. And with that, there's the hint at a possibility of all these meetings and occurrences we've witnessed thus far to be much more than just mere coincidences. Everyone who actually meets has a certain emptiness which another person fulfills. They meet for a fate-like reason.
That's why I hate when people complain about how 'not all the characters come together perfectly like they expect'. If this were to happen, it would ruin the entire chance vs. reason theme, and the whole point of the film for me.
If that doesn't make sense/I'm analyzing it way too much....sorry, i've seen magnolia too many fucking times.