May 9, 2016

When Reviewing And Watching Movie Trailers Becomes A Problem (Part 1):

As of recent times, this issue came in regards to certain movie trailers, specifically, within the superhero movie craze, showing too much of the movie in something that’s just for prepping, to be enticing and for enhancing expectation. Matter of fact, this extends to other genres (Terminator Genisys); and in times long-past I’ve had my reservations for trailer-viewing, having the inclination to lean away from them so to just go into an theater and watch a film fresh.

Recently paying strict attention to the difference of having seen a trailer and watching versus knowing just a little about the film – as in the synopsis,  poster promotions, some visuals here and there – the latter has proven to be literally refreshing… even if the movie was off-base, bad etc but definitely when it was on-point.

Sort of a double-edged sword situation; sometimes the trailer was really the thing to hype me up, other times showing too much; but these recent examples were such direct violation, plot twists being revealed in the trailers, possibly and most likely spoiling the whole film (even if, people like myself, still enjoyed the films enough). Thus brings me to the dynamic of trailers and professional reviewers – and even beyond trailers to a topic for another time, as far as the focus/involvement in films too repetitiously – and how that’s effecting their judgment and enjoyment of watching movies, versus the common audience or even the movie buff/cinephile.

To keep things legit, this is definitely not some, “Turn your brain off at the door” type of breakdown, don’t want and not promoting that, though not knocking it if people choosing that route gives them the entertainment wanted. Sadly though, too much anticipation can set you up for a letdown, especially if a production team happens to spoil too much in upcoming films’ trailers.

This alters or compromises your whole experience of the movie, now complaining about what the trailers showed you. If I say make a decision to not watch, at least as my rule, trailers that are too extensive – if not attempting most the time to not watch them at all – would probably be responded to with the likes of, “That’s not possible,” based on mass media all around us, or specifically not wanting to wait outside a screening for them to pass, and “It’s not our job to edit the trailers correctly”, and of course, “That’s what their there for, for us to decide whether to go or not”. If not those, then about how the physical action of avoiding film trailers is too much work and responsibility on the part of the viewer.

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