I Hate Spoilers (and getting spoiled)

So there's this movie coming out in a couple of weeks called "Inception." It's directed by Christopher Nolan, the same guy who did "Memento," "The Prestige," "Batman Begins" and "The Dark Knight." It also has a phenomenal cast including Leonardo DiCaprio, Ken Watanabe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Ellen Page, Cillian Murphy, and Michael Caine.

The trailer for the film shows off a lot of the visual effects, but other than that it doesn't give us (potential consumers) any idea what the damn movie is about. None of the marketing helps either; all of the posters have just one line: "The Dream is Real." All the mystery makes sense; if the trailers and the marketing told you what the film was about, it would be a huge spoiler. Still, with an all-star cast and Nolan at the helm, this is easily my most anticipated film of the year.

So I'm browsing through the interwebs today when I find a link to an article on a Hollywood trade magazine talking about how hard it is to market original films (vs. remakes and sequels), with Inception as its main example. It talks about how difficult it is to market a film like this without anything to model its marketing plan off of, and with such a mystery plot. It's oh so difficult to come up with a one liner for this film.

Then, just a couple paragraphs into the article, the author sums up the premise of the film in a single sentence. The PLOT! Of this mystery film! Don't these people [who work in the industry!] understand putting "SPOILER ALERT" before mentioning something like this? Two simple words!

In just those few moments, I heard glass shatter and my perception (or lack thereof) of the film changed forever.

This is just one instance.

Seriously people, for the love of GOD would you just put "SPOILER ALERT" in front of things that could potentially ruin such an experience!?! Or if you're in a live conversation, maybe ask a person if they'd seen the movie/read the book/etc. and if they haven't ask them if it's okay to spoil it a little? Give some kind of warning! Ughh!

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dariane ranted 9 years, 1 month ago.
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Coral commented on this rant 8 years, 3 months ago.

I hate that too.
Guess what the worst thing ever spoiled for me (and probably the worst thing you could spoil) was?

My little f***ing sister walks up: "Dumbledore dies."

I cried from anger.

Mmonkey commented on this rant 9 years, 1 month ago.

i am a fan of any IMAX movie. feel the intensity of real digital

I_Agree commented on this rant 9 years, 1 month ago.

I agree with you, but this isn't relevant to Dariane's rant.

The thrill and natural high that one gains from experiencing the awesomeness of IMAX feature films have nothing to do with an article from a reputable content provider erroneously (and rudely might I add) revealing the mystery of the plot to thousands of unsuspecting readers.

I'm sure you'd be less than pleased if I were to reveal to you that Severus Snape kills Professor Dumbledore and he in turn is annihilated by Lord Voldermort only for Harry Potter to realize that Snape has been the loyal spy for Dumbledore for all these years due to his undying love for Harry's mother.

I_Agree commented on this rant 9 years, 1 month ago.

I, for one, love spoilers. It's like knowing a secret. :-)

It allows me to judge movies before I watch them. If the plot has a twist or surprise, I can judge from a safe distance whether or not the plot or idea is intriguing enough for me to spend $14 on a movie ticket.

Do I act surprised when the twist or mystery reveals itself during the movie? Yes.
(Do I have to? Not really, but it's more fun that way)

Am I entertained? Yes.

Money well spent.

I'm not a very good movie watching buddy, am I?

Summerguy commented on this rant 9 years, 1 month ago.

I've accepted the fact that I can't watch karate kid until it comes out on dvd because I was saving it to watch with someone....but that's not gonna happen since she's gone now. After reading your rants, I'm just dying to watch that movie like never before! *sob* ;(

frnnkdlxx commented on this rant 9 years, 1 month ago.

lmao! Yeah! i HAATE spoilers! what kinda evil, mean spirited people must they be? The types who couldn't function in normal society, don't have friends, who search for something that's going to be a great experience, something that all americans love, and ruin it! grr!