Recently, I got around to seeing Christopher Nolan's "Interstellar" (which I also reviewed if you are curious), and while they didn't necessarily spoil anything, there are so many things put in the trailer that I just wish weren't shown.
And it got me to thinking that I should write about what has been bothering me for quite some time now: terrible, just terrible, trailers.
And no, I am not talking about trailers that make the movies look bad, I'm talking about trailers that just do not show what they should. I am going to break this article into two parts:
- Trailers that are misleading
- Trailers that just straight up spoil MAJOR plot points.
WARNING, THIS ARTICLE WILL CONTAIN:
- Major spoilers for Amazing Spider-Man 1/2 and Terminator Salvation
- Minor spoilers for Drive, Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace (like anyone cares), and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
So, lets begin with
The most obvious example I can think of is Nicolas Winding Refn's "Drive."
Cinephiles loved this movie. Some even cite this as one of the best movies of the past decade, praising the cinematography, direction and acting. But why is it that the general audience didn't take too kindly to it?
Well, if you watch the trailer, it becomes pretty obvious. Imagine walking into a theater and seeing a preview with fast-paced car chases, a vehicle being thrown off a cliff, and the guy from the Notebook holding a friggin' hammer to a mans head! This sounds like one of the most action packed movies ever right?!
Well, no, this is not at all what "Drive" was like. And the average movie goer hated it. What the trailer showed was a fast paced action-fest. What we got was a slow moving drama about a man's criminal nature. This is not what people expected.
And where the "Drive" trailer showed us a completely different movie, "The Amazing Spider-Man" gave us the impression that it was going to have this crazy "UNTOLD STORY."
Ugh. I don't even want to get started on this. I might as well just link this video by Eric Striffler at Pretty Much It. This whole fiasco is just awful.
With a reboot being released not so long after Spider-Man 3, its no surprise that Sony tried to trick us into thinking this reboot wouldn't just be the same thing over again. There are multiple clips in the trailer that never made it to the movie, including some lines like "Do you think what happened to you Peter, was an accident?" and "If you want the truth Peter, come and get it!"
And guess what? Sony's marketing tricked a lot of us. And while I enjoyed the movie, I was promised so much more. But not only did the movie mislead us, it showed us WAY to much. They even included the post-credits scene in the trailer! Are you kidding me?!
And boy oh boy, if you thought the marketing for this movie was bad, its much worse story with the sequel...
TRAILERS THAT SPOIL THE MOVIE
Now "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" is where it gets ridiculous. This is where it gets impressively bad.
I'll be honest, I enjoyed this movie! Despite everything wrong with it, I really did enjoy it. And I would have enjoyed it even more if the trailer didn't heavily imply and even show clips of Gwen Stacy falling to her death.
I am not kidding. Watch the trailers! It straight up shows parts of Gwen's death scene! And some of you may be thinking "Well they don't show her death, how do you know she won't be saved?"
Yeah, that's optimistic thinking, and I might have agreed with you, if it wasn't for the line "Not everybody has a happy ending," that they play over the clip of Gwen falling.
And not only do they show a major death scene, they show the final shot of the friggin' movie! Its just ridiculous!
And of course we are mislead again with plot points and lines that appear in the trailer but don't appear in the movie. At this point, I don't even want to watch any trailer ever released from Sony.
Sony isn't the only culprit though. Warner Bros. is just as guilty, with the trailers for Terminator: Salvation revealing the main plot twist that Sam Worthington is actually a Terminator the whole time in the trailer.
And while these next two aren't big spoilers, its just a case of "why show that in the trailer?"
So whats the moral of the story? Don't watch trailers. If you know you are definitely going to watch the next big blockbuster and you don't want to have anything spoiled for you, don't watch the trailers! You will end up enjoying yourself a hell of a lot more.