One reason I don’t like paying $10 to see a movie in the theater — other than paying $10 for a ticket, $15 for popcorn and a Coke and a box of Nerds and sitting in front of people who think they’re at home and talk throughout the entire movie — is the sense I’ve seen the movie already, thanks to the trailers.
If I ran Hollywood, I would decree that trailers couldn’t show scenes that weren’t in the first 20 minutes of the movie.
I mean, with a Hollywood movie, you know the good guy will win. You know the super hero will save the world. You know the lovers will get together and live happily ever after.
You know, because you understand how movies work.
People love “The Shawshank Redemption” (it has 9.2 out of 10 stars and ranks as the most-liked movie on IMDB), but I never got it, because I knew all along that Tim Robbins’ character was a) going to get out of that prison and that b) the evil warden and guards were going to get theirs.
I knew, because it’s a Hollywood movie, and Hollywood doesn’t make movies where a possibly innocent man goes to prison and stays there. I knew, too, because this scene was all over the trailers:
It’s a scene of what looks like redemption, and it’s one of the last shots in the movie. Whatever else happens to Tim Robbins’ character, I knew, sooner or later, he would strike a redemptive pose in the rain, which is Hollywood for “everything will be all right,” and in a movie about a guy who goes to prison, that means getting out of prison.
Hollywood, of course, doesn’t care about spoiling movies, because the studios’ goal is putting people in seats. If that means giving away the ending, tough.
So, trailers that spoil the movie are nothing new (heck, the original trailer for “Casablanca” shows Rick shooting Major Strasser at the airport), but I think things have gotten out of hand.
In case you haven’t heard, there’s a Spider-Man movie coming out this summer. Over the past few weeks, Sony/Columbia has released several trailers and extended scenes to help build excitement and ensure a big opening weekend. (That’s important, because the movie cost a reported $220 million to make.)
Well, someone who goes by the handle Sleepyskunk collected all those random scenes and stitched them together and came up a 25-minute version of the movie that pretty much tells the entire story, from beginning to end. It’s on Screenrant.com (WordPress wouldn’t let me embed the video from Screenrant or other sites that allow embedding, so you’ll need to watch it elsewhere.)
This isn’t leaked footage. This is footage Sony/Columbia released on purpose to promote the movie. It’s footage that’s all over the Internet already.
According to IMDB, “The Amazing Spider-Man” runs 136 minutes, so this 25-minute fan edit represents only about one-quarter of the movie, but, still, that’s too much.
After watching the fan-edited “Ultimate Super Preview,” I’m not sure why I’d want to pay to see the rest of the movie.