The Problem With Trailers (Movies, TV, Video Games)

This is going to sound strange but I am strongly against watching movie trailers. Whenever I hear about a new movie that really piques my interest, I force myself not to watch more than one trailer for it. If the movie looks interesting then it’s guaranteed I’ll go see. After years of watching movies having seen a trailer first, I realized that movie trailers ruin the experience of the movie. Below I have picked out all the problems with movie, TV, and video game trailers.

They Give False Impressions

This one is the absolute worst! Advertisements and trailers will portray a movie as one thing and then when you watch the movie, it’s NOTHING like it was advertised. This happens way too often if you ask me.This is part of the reason why I hated the Jack Reacher movie. If you watch the trailers they lead you to believe this is an action movie when in reality it is more of a detective movie. (It happens a lot with video games too)

Blatant Spoilers

One of the most annoying things about movie trailers is when they spoil a major plot point in the movie. Even if the trailers just hints a plot twist I am completely dissuaded to watching the film. I’ve never even watched Taken 2 and after the trailer I feel like I’ve seen the whole movie.C’mon, if you already know what’s going to happen what’s the point of watching the movie!?!

Show Best Parts

If a trailer doesn’t blatantly spoil a major plot point you can still bet on the best scenes from the movie being shown. I know I know obviously they aren’t going to show the worst parts of a movie, but it’s still annoying! Perfect example is The Amazing Spider-Man 2 trailer.

They’re A Gamble

In addition to the problems listed above, trailers are just a gamble. Sometimes a trailer is fantastic and the show/movie/video game sucks or vice versa. There’s also the issue of a trailer being overly ambiguous. I guess what I’m trying to say is everything just sucks. The trailer for HBO’s The Leftovers raises more questions than it answers. I watch the show and I still have no idea what the hell is going on!


What do you guys think? Are movie trailers pure evil? Don’t be afraid to leave a comment, I would love any feedback!


2 thoughts on “The Problem With Trailers (Movies, TV, Video Games)

  1. I totally agree. I never watch trailers – except in cinemas, where you’re kind of forced to see them. When I’m interested in a movie I read a Spoiler-free review, or just watch it. In the end, I am the only one who can decide if the movie works for me anyway.

    Last time I remember watching a trailer and was really disappointed with the movie was the first Tomb Raider Movie. Since then I don’t watch them if I don’t have to.

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