movies matter | criticism by maryann johanson
Thu Nov 12 2015, 02:43pm | 6 comments
Even if every critic calls it rubbish, it’ll still make a fortune. I suppose not having advance screenings will be cheaper. Do people really care about spoilers any more? When the production company has made it possible for as many people as possible to see this on its opening day?
Or maybe: http://www.dorktower.com/2015/11/09/best-trailer-evar-dork-tower-09-10-15/
Do people really care about spoilers anymore?
Well I do. And frankly, everyone should be a lot less tolerant of them.
The root word is spoil – spoilers rob you of that wonderful, O_O feeling that we watch stuff for. And they are the moments we remember vividly and love.
It rude to steal that.
Some people care about spoilers. Far more people want to know everything about a movie before they see it… which is why trailers reveal so much.
which is why trailers reveal so much.
The Force Awakens trailers have been widely praised for not revealing very much, though. Maybe people are coming around to caring about spoilers again.
While I try not to pass on plot details without warning, I don’t see what the fuss is about either. But this may be because I think any film worth seeing at all is worth seeing multiple times, so if it needs the surprise of my not knowing the plot in order to work it’s already failed.
A good story can work without surprise, but surprise IS part of the very first experience of ANY story. Spoilers rob the spoiled of the pleasure of surprise on the very first viewing, no matter how many repeat viewings a story merits.
There’s also something to be said for the power of surprise being a worthwhile thing in and of itself. A story that trades mainly on surprise is not necessarily an inferior story; it simply happens to be what the story wants to do.
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