Do you think movie trailers give away way too much?

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    Jan 27, 2012 7:44 AM GMT
    I swear I get between 50-80% of a movie just off the trailer alone. A lot of trailers give away so much that basically the only thing they don't is "how does the protagonist resolve the problem in the last 20 minutes of the film?". Some of the movies I've enjoyed the most have been films I've watched completely blind never having seen or heard a single thing about them until I actually saw them. Most of the time while watching a film I'm stringing together in my mind what will happen (or what CAN or CAN'T happen depending of the footage I have in my mind that I saw on the trailer).

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    Jan 27, 2012 9:11 AM GMT
    I usually don't remember most of a trailer by the time I'm in the theater.
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    Jan 27, 2012 9:18 AM GMT
    Yeah, the trailer for Titanic gave a lot away.

    SPOILER ALERT

    The ship sinks at the end

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    Jan 27, 2012 9:18 AM GMT
    I've noticed this happening when the movie is bad. Like movies that are so bad, that the trailer shows the best/relevant parts. Really no point in seeing the actual movie.

    And conversely, sometimes they create the trailer with scenes that were chopped during editing. And after you see the movie, you're like.. wtf, where was that cool/funny scene they showed during the trailer? icon_lol.gif
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    Jan 27, 2012 11:36 AM GMT
    Ariodante saidI swear I get between 50-80% of a movie just off the trailer alone. A lot of trailers give away so much that basically the only thing they don't is "how does the protagonist resolve the problem in the last 20 minutes of the film?". Some of the movies I've enjoyed the most have been films I've watched completely blind never having seen or heard a single thing about them until I actually saw them. Most of the time while watching a film I'm stringing together in my mind what will happen (or what CAN or CAN'T happen depending of the footage I have in my mind that I saw on the trailer).

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    Agreed. And they're usually so over-the-top bombastic that they have to exaggerate everything that's at stake in the movie.
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    Jan 27, 2012 1:33 PM GMT
    "A recent study shows that people enjoy movies, books and other stories when they know the ending ahead of time."

    http://newsfeed.time.com/2011/08/11/spoiler-alert-knowing-the-end-of-a-story-makes-it-better-study-finds/

    Humans? Weird.
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    Jan 27, 2012 3:15 PM GMT
    I only watch the first 10 seconds, and then hit the pause button. I can't stand knowing what's going to happen.
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    Jan 27, 2012 3:36 PM GMT
    Cuchullain said"A recent study shows that people enjoy movies, books and other stories when they know the ending ahead of time."

    http://newsfeed.time.com/2011/08/11/spoiler-alert-knowing-the-end-of-a-story-makes-it-better-study-finds/

    Humans? Weird.


    This has been true for me most of my life. I read the last chapters or final 2 pages of stories. As for movies; I've had the distinct honor of having my younger family members kill almost every new movie's storyline since I was 15. That's 15 years of hearing movies plots before I can actually come to see them. Oddly enough, still enjoyed the movie, and movies in general.
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    Jan 27, 2012 3:37 PM GMT
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    Jan 27, 2012 3:52 PM GMT
    I get more put out watching a trailer and having no idea wht the movie is about... I hear great things about "War Horse" but i can't get past the trailer... i have no desire to watch a horse running cross country for 120 minutes. woo fun.
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    Jan 27, 2012 3:52 PM GMT
    Some of them, yes. However, the new Batman movie trailer didn't tell jack about the movie.
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    Jan 27, 2012 4:00 PM GMT
    xrichx saidI've noticed this happening when the movie is bad. Like movies that are so bad, that the trailer shows the best/relevant parts. Really no point in seeing the actual movie.


    +1.
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    Jan 27, 2012 4:03 PM GMT
    I dont think they give that much away, but hey, If you think its a spoiler you could always not watch the trailers =p
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    Jan 27, 2012 4:07 PM GMT
    Depends on the movie, but most of the time I'll see a trailer and then the movie ends up being nothing like I thought it would be like. So no, I don't think they give too much away. The trailers are exactly what the studio wants you to see, for better or worse.
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    Jan 27, 2012 4:22 PM GMT
    I can recall a couple movies were the trailers completely misrepresented the movie. The one that ticked me off the most, a few years back, was Bridge to Terabithia. From the trailers it looked like a total fantasy, Chronicles of Narnia type flick, somewhat oriented to young kids. Spoiler alert: the fantasy part is almost superfulous. The plot is about a friendship between two pre-teens, and how one copes with the drowning death of the other, a death he partially feels responsible for! Did not get to see the end of the movie, as I had to leave with my 2 sobbing kids!!!icon_neutral.gif
  • aiko14

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    Jan 27, 2012 4:37 PM GMT
    noo... they sometimes try to make bad movies look good, unfortunately

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    Jan 27, 2012 4:43 PM GMT
    Absolutely too much I agree. I remember seeing the movie "Bug" just on the description and was floored by what happened. Then I watched the trailer and it literally sucked the entire movie cliffhanger out. Unfortunately, with so much competition, they probably feel forced to show as much as possible to get you interested.

    My rule now is to only watch like 30 seconds of a trailer to get the flavor of the movie and the stars playing in it.
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    Jan 27, 2012 5:01 PM GMT
    TriAthInCA saidI can recall a couple movies were the trailers completely misrepresented the movie. The one that ticked me off the most, a few years back, was Bridge to Terabithia. From the trailers it looked like a total fantasy, Chronicles of Narnia type flick, somewhat oriented to young kids. Spoiler alert: the fantasy part is almost superfulous. The plot is about a friendship between two pre-teens, and how one copes with the drowning death of the other, a death he partially feels responsible for! Did not get to see the end of the movie, as I had to leave with my 2 sobbing kids!!!icon_neutral.gif


    That book is standard reading material in elementary school here... i think i read it in grade 6. It's a fantastic young adult book.
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    Jan 27, 2012 5:45 PM GMT
    They can also be very misleading.


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    Jan 27, 2012 6:03 PM GMT
    I agree that many trailers reveal way too much about the plot of most movies. I usually don't bother to watch trailers if I can help it especially if I'm interested in seeing certain movies. I prefer to be surprised.
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    Jan 27, 2012 6:20 PM GMT
    bad movie always put all the action scenes in their trailer.
  • metta

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    Jan 27, 2012 6:22 PM GMT
    YES! Most of them give away way too much. Less so with the independent films. icon_smile.gif
  • Suetonius

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    Jan 27, 2012 6:28 PM GMT
    I don't think they give away too much, but they are definitely annoying - almost as annoying as the commercials - and by the little they give, can turn me off from seeing a movie. On the rare occasions when I see a film at a theater these days, I try to go at an off hour and arrive late - at least 10 minutes after the published showtime, thereby missing most of the commercials and all but a few minutes of trailers. I highly recommend this to anyone who can see a film in the daytime.
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    Jan 27, 2012 6:44 PM GMT
    dragers saidI dont think they give that much away, but hey, If you think its a spoiler you could always not watch the trailers =p



    When I am I supposed to do when I am sitting in a theater with a loud sound system and a 30' X 70' screen?
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    Jan 27, 2012 6:53 PM GMT
    Cuchullain said"A recent study shows that people enjoy movies, books and other stories when they know the ending ahead of time."

    http://newsfeed.time.com/2011/08/11/spoiler-alert-knowing-the-end-of-a-story-makes-it-better-study-finds/

    Humans? Weird.


    I read this too... I found it really interesting. I actually read tinker tailor before seeing the movie, and I think I enjoyed the film more because I knew the plotline/ending.