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Snow White and the Huntsman – Clips and trailers, how many are too many?

Long before you could watch movie trailers on the internet, people complained that some trailers spoiled the movie. If you’ve heard every joke a comedy has to offer, how can you enjoy it the first time you see it in the theater? And then there is the build up and anticipation. Does it help or hurt the movie?

I’m sure the quality of the movie is a factor, but maybe not the only one. The Avengers was awesome, but I still remember thinking—while watching it for the first time—that it was odd that it took so long to get to the battle scenes where most of the clips in the trailers had been pulled from. I still enjoyed the movie, but the experience might have been better if I hadn’t had some part of my brain looking for the clips to show up.

Now days it seems as if we demand not only one trailer, but lots of trailers, clips, and insider info. Snow White and the Huntsman is out this weekend, so I hoped online and found about nine clips from the movie. After the first one I was psyched for the movie, after the ninth not so much.  Now I just can’t decide if I want to see it on the big screen or not. I certainly won’t be there on opening night.

Not because the trailers are look bad—it looks like a beautiful movie. Certainly it has one of my favorite action actors, Chris Hemsworth,  and Charlize Theron has always impressed me(though in the clips her role looks a bit over-acted). It is just that after watching the clips, I feel as if I’ve already seen a lot of the movie. Maybe enough to wait for it on the small screen.

What do you think of the prevalence of trailers and clips? Does this help or hurt a movie for you?

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13 thoughts on “Snow White and the Huntsman – Clips and trailers, how many are too many?

  1. The only trailers I now see prior to going to a movie on big screen are the ones shown in a theatre while waiting for a film to start Charlie.

    It got to where there was no point in paying the bucks when more than half the good parts are playing on You Tube months ahead of a movie being theatrically released so stopped seeking them out. I now enjoy going and being “surprised”!

    Am totally rocking around the planet waiting on this one as it hits release right before my birthday this weekend and love fairy-tale remakes!
    Jackie B Central Texas

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      • Thanks, it has helped renew our love of going to see a film when we are not “looking” for a scene or scenes.
        My birthday will be here and gone so as long as my allergies behave will have a good day on Sunday.
        Especially if my first attempt at cooking Chicken Marsala turns out well! LOL

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  2. If it’s a highly anticipated movie, I like to see the teasers. But then, I’m a person who’s watched X Men and the Bourne Trilogy about twenty times, so it has more to do with the actors and the tension than suspense of the story. I agree that all of the comedic moments / climactic action tossed into the trailers is a let down, though.

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  3. I don’t think it affects me either way. I only recognize the trailer bits if it was a terrible movie. But then I get grumpy that I spent all that money on window dressing for a trailer.

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  4. Depends. If the movie lives up to the hype, I don’t mind. Avengers didn’t. Lots of movies don’t. On the other hand, sometimes movies that never make it to the theaters are great. Snow White looks good, despite my feelings about Kristen Steward being a sub-par actress. She looks reasonably good in the trailers!

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  5. I tend to be less enthusiastic about most movies these days because the trailers are often so misleading. Or like you said, they give away all the good parts. Now that I think about it, I realize that I’ve only watched two films in the last six months at a theater – The Avengers (obviously) and Battleship (due to a 8-hour flight cancellation/delay). These days I’m fine picking a movie up on Redbox and enjoying it in the comfort of my hotel room.

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    • What did you think of Battleshiip? The trailers looked good, but I thought I might be sad if I went and they didn’t use THE line.

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