Are Trailers Giving Too Much Away?
Who remembers sitting down, watching TV and then a trailer comes on to a movie that you had no idea was coming out. Something that you didn’t know that you were waiting on, that excitement, seeing one of your favorite characters go on an exciting journey. One shot here, another shot there, and the big pay off-line and or shot before the release date fades in. Those were the good old days, I loved the excitement trailers brought me as a little kid, even if the movie turned out to suck. Now don’t get me wrong, trailers are still pretty great now, but for some reason, maybe because I’m really into movies now, I feel like a detective more and more as I watch trailers.
It seems like lately, for a while now, that trailer have been giving away too much. Whether I realize from the jump, when I see the trailer, or when I’m in the theater watching the movie and realizing what’s going to happen next because I saw that in the trailer. For example, when the Hulk catches Iron Man in the sky, or the most recent and popular one, the BvS trailer giving away Doomsday and other things. Which honestly didn’t bother me that much. And now I can honestly say after seeing Suicide Squad, I can say that their trailers showed too much for me personally.
(SPOILER ALERT!!!!!) – skip the next paragraph if you haven’t seen “Suicide Squad”.
After watching “Suicide Squad”, it was confirmed for me and I knew Slip Knot wasn’t going to make it far and that the Enchantress was the big baddy, given by who was shown in the trailer the most when their walking. But then I wonder if I’m looking too much into the details when I watch trailers.
I’m at the point now where I don’t watch TV spots. I’ll only watch the two or three main trailers that come out, but I’m starting to reconsider if I should stop that. Maybe only watching the first one to see the tone of the movie. But this isn’t with just Marvel and DC movies, I feel this way about most movie trailers that I watch, regardless of the genre. So what can they do when they make trailers for us? Because they still have to get their story across and give the audience a tone of what the movie is without giving too much away. There are several movies I didn’t waste time seeing because the two-minute trailers literally summed them up for me. Is there a different way to present their movies without giving anything away.
I may have a solution, it might cost more money and time, but it may be worth it. What if they shot separate trailer scenes or even use footage that they are taking out of the movie. A good sequence that gets the point across of what the movie is about. I know I’ve seen this a few times with movies in the past and I didn’t have a problem with it. I know there are a lot of arguments that can rival against this proposal but I think it would be a nice change to how we approach movies. Going into a theatre having little to no clue about the footage your going to see. You understand the story because the trailer sequence laid that out for you, but what you’re about to see is all new. Just think back about all the times you wished you’ve first seen the special shot or sequence in the movie at the theatre and not in a trailer.
So tell us what you think. Are trailers giving too much away or am I being paranoid? Could several separate trailer scenes work with little to no footage from the actual movie being seen? I would love to hear what you think about trailers and how we could fix any problem that we’re having with them. And to stay up to date with all things entertainment, make sure to stay tuned to MFST.
Dewayne covers Movies and TV for MFST, you can follow him on Twitter @ProPizza94.