Spot the Plot

By Anmoldeep Kaur


In the world of cinema, trailers serve the important purpose of luring audiences into theaters and marketing a film for success. However, audiences have recently been voicing their criticism that trailers have transformed into plot summaries that diminish all suspense and curiosity for a movie.


Big budget films that garner a lot of audience attention will often release teasers and multiple trailers, which often leads to the audience being able to piece together the narrative of a film before its release. These days, an average trailer run time ranges from two to four minutes long, but many believe that trailers should be a minute long to provide only a small glimpse into the experience that awaits them.


“Almost all movie trailers these days are eye-captivating and entice you to watch the unreleased movie. Consequently, significant events, undisclosed characters, and the overall plot are exposed before the film is released. The next time someone asks me if they should watch a movie, I will honestly tell them to save time and just watch the movie trailer,” said senior Sakin Ahmed.


Marvel’s Spider-Man franchise has long been subject to criticism about spoiling the movies beforehand in the trailers. Last month, the trailer for the much awaited “Spider-Man: No Way Home” was released, which prompted fans to voice their opinions that it revealed too many of its characters and critical moments that should have been reserved for the movie theater experience.


These lengthy and divulging trailers can ruin audience enthusiasm and disappoint fans who hoped for a more eventful reveal of key plot points, instead of important moments being rushed over in a short video.


“After ‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron,’ we have no idea where Hulk goes, but when the trailer for ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ comes out, all the excited fans see the Hulk’s role in the movie. Trailers are supposed to excite the crowd and cause anticipation. If Hulk’s reveal was not in the trailer, it would’ve caused more excitement in theaters,” said senior Elisa George.


The general consensus among the movie going audience seems to be that trailers need to be concise and leave the rest to the audience’s imagination until they can step foot into a theater and experience the movie themselves.


Source by Julia Esposito

NHP student displays the exposing nature of movie trailers as she is shocked to see another spoiler for an anticipated movie.