Hero Worship: Don't Ruin Movies for Yourself


One of my earlier Hero Worship columns was Are We Ruining Moves For Ourselves?, discussing the idea of overanalyzing early promotional material for the movies we are most looking forward to. Back then, I was talking about the first images of Henry Cavill’s Superman and Anne Hathaway’s Catwoman (I know, right?). But looking back at that piece, it’s sort of like stomping on a few random ants but never bothering to take out the ant hill. Over analytical fandom is just a symptom of a larger epidemic.

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Anthotis2983d ago (Edited 2983d ago )

Actually, it's the directors who ruin movies, not the fans.

The fans didn't hire Ben Affleck to play Batman.

blackmanone2983d ago

Would have to agree about the directors part. Though, I could care less about Affleck one way or the other in Batman. He might do okay, but I can guarantee it will be a cheese fest comic movie with too many villains, one liners, and a paper thin plot.

Crazay2983d ago

I can't honestly see it being full of one liners...too many villains maybe

Defectiv3_Detectiv32983d ago

If you are going to let a couple spoilers ruin a film or you was it really a good film to begin with?

Genki2983d ago

Amen. A spoiler can't 'ruin' a film that is otherwise entertaining in its own right. That is a fallacy. The very idea suggests that one can't watch a film more than once, since you know what happens. Spoiler fear is, as far as I'm concerned, simply one of those things that people are indoctrinated to believe as they grow up, and they adhere to it unquestionably. The idea is pure nonsense.

Crazay2983d ago

I don't usually have issue reading spoilers or stumbling on them for movies. It's TV shows that piss me off. A TV show is different than a movie...movies are 2-2.5hr investments where as a TV series is a 12hr+ investment. Movies you always have a pretty good idea of how what's coming and how it will end.

Genki2983d ago

To each, their own; however, I think my point still stands. I agree that a TV show is different in that a particular spoiler might be of a plot point that has lasting effects on the series, but I still think that places far too much emphasis on minutae while trivializing the greater whole.

Using myself as an example, I spoiled the entire series of 'The Wire' before I ever saw it, and it still stands as my favorite TV drama to this day. Even though I knew every twist and turn, the sheer brilliance of the narrative coupled with the performances made it a worthwhile experience, which brings me to another point. This spoiler business forgets another very important part of the whole - the actors. You can read a script as much as you want, but nothing compares to seeing a talented actor bring those words and actions to life, and I feel the same way about a director's approach to the camera work and scenes.

monkeyfox2983d ago

Totally agree with this article. Some of the most enjoyable movies ive seen were when i knew nothing about them. High expectations and hype from marketing (done largely to capture an audience for financial gain) ruin your viewing experience. Trailers usually always spoil a few of the good scenes just so they can bring in more people and make more money. The industry wouldnt exist without it though unfortunately

Crazay2983d ago

I actually think this is an interesting talking point for a good discussion. I've been overly hyped up by the marketing machine myself only to be left feeling a little underwhelmed by what I just saw.