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If you don't like the movie trailer, do you think that you probably would not like the movie?

Asked by LostInParadise (24728points) March 6th, 2010

A lot of effort goes into making a movie trailer, trying to entice you to see the movie. It may be that you will find that the movie does not live up to its promise, but it seems to me that if you are not impressed by the trailer then you almost certainly will not care for the movie.

I was really looking forward to seeing Tim Burton’s Alice In Wonderland, until I saw the trailer. Coming from Tim Burton, I was hoping for a slightly twisted dark interpretation of the original. As Jefferson Airplane showed in their song White Rabbit, there is ample opportunity for doing this. What I found was, firstly, that the title of the movie is misleading. It is not a retelling of the original, but a story of Alice’s return to Wonderland as a young woman. There is not anything wrong with this, but the title of the movie should have indicated what the story was about. The movie uses the same characters from Lewis Carroll’s books, but, even given that Carroll is a tough act to follow, it all seemed to be a bunch of fluff with no particularly witty or insightful dialog. I will not be going to see the movie.

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Cruiser's avatar

You said it yourself….it’s a Tim Burton movie! When has a TB movie ever been a faithful adaptation of anything other than his twisted mind? That movie rocks!

gemiwing's avatar

These days, if I see a trailer I feel like I have seen the movie.

If I don’t like a trailer I usually won’t like the movie. Sometimes I am pleasantly surprised and the trailer was marketing the movie poorly, so the movie itself is wonderful.

iphigeneia's avatar

The only time I’ve been unimpressed with trailers and loved the movie was with Bridge to Terabithia which for some bizarre reason was marketed as a sort of children’s fantasy, while in fact it is a beautiful and heartfelt story.

As for your Alice in Wonderland example, the title comes with its own, extremely eager audience. A different title would have been far less enticing to Alice fans, so it makes sense from a marketing perspective. Besides, for me at least, the premise of the plot was not a surprise when I saw the trailer, particularly because the role of Alice is played by a 20-year-old. Then again, I’m a shallow person and judge a film on how pretty it is so I am very much looking forward to seeing it tomorrow.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

Yes,I barely get through most movies anyway.

Tenpinmaster's avatar

I saw the movie on IMAX 3D. Was a very nifty movie. But in general I believe that if you don’t like the trailer that the movie isn’t probably to your liking. Most of the time they get a lot of the best parts in this trailer from the movie and if that isn’t enticing to you then the movie most likely wouldn’t live up to your expectations either.

marinelife's avatar

I think the trailers are cut and edited to market the movie and are not necessarily indicative of how the movie is. One recent example was the Brendan Fraser-Harrison Ford movie Extraordinary Measures.

It was first marketed as a business conflict film. Then, when it didn’t test well, the trailers were recut and it was marketed as “as heartfelt as “The Blind Side”.

I have not found it useful to make a decision on whether to see a film solely based on the trailers.

davidbetterman's avatar

I didn’t think I would like ”Everything’s Fine” with Deniro, because the trailer didn’t show some of the movies twists. But it turned out to be a swell movie, and I even cried in parts!
The trailers can’t show you the best parts, nor the special parts where you begin to see a pattern.

Neizvestnaya's avatar

I love going to the movies so I try to read up a bit on them to see if they’re based on books or some story that appeals to me, it helps to cut a poor trailer (imo) some slack. From the trailer I usually decide if it’s a movie I’ll watch on the big screen or wait to hit DVD.

filmfann's avatar

I hated the trailer for Fight Club when I first saw it.
Saw it 5 more times, each time it got a little more under my skin.
When I finally saw the movie, I loved it.

Berserker's avatar

As recognized, making a trailer is akin to a work of art and is made as advertisement, so I never let the trailer for a film help me judge whether or not I want to see it.
Most times they’re made in a fashion that no matter what it is, it’s gonna look awesome.

As for things like movie concepts or adaptations and all, I can usually get a rough idea of what it’s gonna be by reading articles on upcoming films or listening to interviews or whatever. Trailers, as well made as they are, aren’t a detrimental factor in my judging to see something or not.
So if I don’t like the trailer, which is rare since they’re made to be attracting and flashy, that doesn’t mean I won’t like the movie.
With that said, I’ve found a lot of movies to be utter shit, despite that their trailers totally owned.

I wonder what it would turn out like if Burton made American Gods into a movie haha.

filmfann's avatar

Sometimes a movie trailer doesn’t show the movie as it really is.
Shining!

cockswain's avatar

Trailers are basically useless to me, they only serve as an indicator of the genre and, loosely, the storyline. I’m convinced the people responsible responsible for making trailers are very good at their jobs, occasionally not. For example, the trailers for Couples Retreat and Shallow Hal made those movies look funny.

I always stay on top of Rotten Tomatoes reviews for all new releases. It’s not perfect, but its the best barometer I’ve found. Unfortunately it did recently lead me to 500 Days of Summer, but generally I’ve been pleased.

thriftymaid's avatar

I don’t usually watch trailers.

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