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The other day, we went to see Superman – Man of Steel (excellent for multiple reasons). We intentionally arrived at the cinema late to avoid the trailers that previous experience indicates they would be full of spoilers, Alas, I was not late enough and arrived before the trailers started, so I closed my eyes and tried to block my ears (pointless, the sound was very loud) and we were shown trailers for the following new releases:

  • Pacific Rim
  • World’s End
  • The Wolverine
  • And another I cannot recall

The trailers were very long and gave away key plot points from each movie. In fact, they were so long and detailed, the trailers were more like mini movies, providing a story and entertainment in just a few minutes! All aspects of surprise or any reason to see the movie were ruined, and so whilst I cannot speak for others in the theatre, I no longer have any incentive to see any of the movies. I am also angry at having spoilers thrust in my face without prior warning, unlike say IMDB where people are thoughtful enough to display *** SPOILER ALERT *** at the top of their reviews. Yes, we could have come into the theatre even later, but it is not always clear what time the features start. The time on the timetable is when one can enter the theatre for the chosen movie, not the feature start time of course.

When I was in the US, this sort of dumbing down was common, just as in some Hollywood movies they will show a scene featuring the Eiffel Tower, and then superimpose “PARIS, FRANCE” at the bottom of the picture! If anyone in the cinema does know that the Eiffel tower is not in Paris, never mind that Paris is in France, then there is something fundamentally flawed with the American education system.. This explains why such dumbing down of the populace with extended movie trailers is necessary in the first place!

I enjoyed Superman without seeing a single trailer or preview, and it may be in part why I enjoyed it so much.

Can the movie industry start to be considerate and treat it’s audience with respect please?

Fight back club: Easy, do not pay to see a movie spoiled by trailers.


Written by Oflife

July 9, 2013 at 1:20 pm

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