Please Don’t Show Me All the Good Scenes in Movie Previews
I may never watch a preview of a movie or TV show again. Although I suppose I need to see at least one to determine whether I want to see the show. But that's it, just one.
My most recent frustration came during the opening scene of the very heavily promoted Blindspot on NBC. The television series is centered on an amnesia-stricken tattoo-covered woman who is found inside a large zippered bag in Times Square. The dramatic opening scene of the police discovering her was one of the most anti-climatic moments I can remember since I had seen it in countless previews. I watched the show, but the jury is still out on whether I will plan my schedule around it. But I did not watch the preview for next week's show.
This summer I went to Minions after having watched quite a few movie segments online. I liked the movie but I knew the punchline to all the best jokes already.
When a movie ad comes on TV for a flick I plan to see, I bury my head in the couch pillows or run screaming from the room so I don't see the best part of the movie right then and there. The example that I come back to is from Invictus. Matt Damon stars in this factually based film from 2009 based in South Africa. A powerful speech he delivers to his rugby team had already been ingrained in me through too many previews. It could have given me chills had I heard it for the first time while watching the movie. Spoiler alert if you decide to watch the preview.
My wife and I have made an effort over the past few years to go to as many of the Oscar-nominated movies for Best Picture as we can. That includes a couple of times that I went to a movie knowing absolutely nothing about it except the title. That's a pretty good way to see a movie.
Netflix is notorious for having a large offering of movies that I have never heard of. I guess there is a silver lining to that.