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Musings on Movie Trailers

In the last couple days, a slate of new trailers has been released for some of the upcoming movies that I am really excited about (Star Trek Into Darkness, Man of Steel, etc.). And I’ve seen people raving about some of them – Man of Steel to be specific. People are so excited by the latest trailer I have seen it mentioned on almost every geeky website I follow (and I follow feeds from quite a few). People are talking action and music and pure awesomeness.

Superman from Man of Steel

I haven’t watched it. And I don’t think I’m going to. I’m already really looking forward to the movie and excited about the treatment for Superman which could lead to some awesome Justice League things. I don’t want to be disappointed.

I think I’ve also been conditioned to not want anything spoilery thanks to JJ Abrams and his notorious black box methods.  Im so excited to find out who Benedict Cumberbatch is and what he’s about in the next Star Trek film that I don’t want anything to spoil it for me before I see it.  Though I know that any and all cuts for Star Trek trailers will not reveal anything JJ doesn’t want revealed. I’ve decided I don’t want to see it.

Scene from Star Trek Info Darkness

I love movies and I love movie trailers. I always quiz people who have gone to the movies about which trailers they saw before the film.  My parents have started taking notes and quizzing each other after the movies they see just so they can remember the trailers they saw for when I ask that inevitable question. So not watching trailers is a actually a big change for me.

But I want to get the full effect of enjoying every second of these films that I have looked forward to for a year or more.  I want the excitement and drama and hopefully none of the disappointment. It sucks coming out of a movie and feeling like it didn’t offer anything more than what you’d already seen in the trailers.  So hopefully, this tactic I’m attempting will work out for me. I’m hoping to avoid disappointment from false high hopes. (My hopes are already high enough thank you.)

I know this also means working harder at avoidance as the movie release dates get closer and press previews start popping up  – but I’m willing to do it, even if it means an internet black-out.  Our culture has become one of spoilers and that kind of sucks. I want some surprise left in things I care about.

What do you think? Is it a good idea to avoid trailers? Or stupid? What movies are you super excited for?

3 thoughts on “Musings on Movie Trailers”

  1. I actually think is a good idea and one that Austin actually tries to frequently follow as he is always saying that previews can ruin movies by showing the best part or giving something away too soon. 🙂 I do think you meant tactic rather than tacit though 😛

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