Wednesday, October 15, 2008

A Letter to those Movie Trailer Making Folk

Dear People who Make Movie Trailers:

I love to watch movie trailers! They get me really excited about what's coming out in the future. Sometimes they raise my hopes (Harry Potter 6) only to make me wait longer. They are great for establishing buzz about films.

But, please, for the love of movies, do NOT reveal too much! I know there's a study somewhere that says Americans like to see the whole story in the trailer, but that's not me! Why spend time watching a 2 hour movie when I've already seen the story condensed into 3 minutes? There's no point!

The worst case of this happened with a movie I went to see this weekend. This movie was heavily promoted at Comic-Con this summer. In addition, I saw a trailer that made me think I'd like it. The only problem is that the trailer showed the very last scene of the movie! I remember this because the footage looked remarkably different than the rest of the film. So I kept waiting for that scene, b/c it stood out in my mind.

It's true that I read a lot and probably watch too many movies. My brain is saturated with story. But I like to be surprised. So please keep in mind that some people just don't like to spoiled. They want to be surprised.

Thank you!


bermudaonion said...

Sometimes you see all the good parts in the trailer, so there's no point in watching the movie.

Corey Wilde said...

I'm with you, trailers show too much! We used to call them teasers, and that's what they did, tease the viewer with just enough to make them want to fork over the hard-earned money for entertainment.

Thomas said...

It sucks when the movie trailer is better then the movie.

I dislike it when I have to sit through fifteen minutes of movie trailers before the movie I paid for even starts. If it has a 1:00 pm start time, start the movie at 1:00 pm.


Traci said...

I especially hate it with comedies where all the good jokes are revealed during the trailer. So, you think - oh that looks so funny, but it's not so funny the second time around.

Marvin D. Wilson said...

I'm the same way. I like to be teased with a trailor, maybe get a gist of the plot and the conflict that needs to be resolved, but pleeease leave me hanging at least on HOW it gets resolved.

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Jen said...

I agree. The other thing I can't stand is when they show the all the best parts in the trailer. I know that is the point (to sell the movie) but I hate when there is nothing good left that I haven't seen in the trailer. It is so frustrating.

euphrony said...

Mrs. E makes me keep my mouth shut during movies. Honestly, the last movie that I didn't know the ending of within the first ten minutes was The Sixth Sense - I saw it opening night, so no word of mouth to ruin the twist, and he set it up so well (that time, now you just expect it in his movies).

Seriously, even if I've never seen a trailer for the movie I can map out the major plot points for the whole movie within the first few minutes. I, too, have too much story in me. And Hollywood has too little.

Dewey said...

I hate movie trailers! I mean, the concept is nice, but they're so LOUD and they move so FAST and I feel like I'm going to have a seizure or something.

mary said...

Are you talking about Twilight?

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