Midweek Movie Mouth-Off: Betrayed By Trailers

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I said it last week, and I’ll say it again, trailers are tricky things. We all know they’re supposed to show you the best of whatever it is you’ll be watching, with the right cuts and a selection of the best clips and sound-bites. When they’re done well, they’re fantastic. But when it comes to watching the full movie, it better deliver what the trailer promised. And wow, does it suck when those promises are unfulfilled.

This past weekend I watched a movie called The Voices. Well, first I watched the trailer, which made it seem like a hilarious off-beat indie black comedy. Plus, with Ryan Reynolds in the cast, who could resist? The trailer was great, and it really looked like the kind of movie I would like. Spoiler alert: the movie actually sucked. It sucked so much I had to give up half-way through, I just couldn’t stand it. It wasn’t nearly as funny as the trailer made it out to be, actually, it wasn’t funny at all. Instead it was just uneven and weird and awkward and tasteless. What a let-down.

But I’m sure I’m not alone in feeling betrayed by trailers. There must be so many instances where a trailer has promised so much, has said that this movie is going to be The Best Thing Ever, but after the movie you’ve walked away feeling like you were blatantly lied to. Which movie did this happen to you with?

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Last Updated: May 27, 2015

Tracy Benson

All about movies, board games, cider, sci-fi, fantasy and geek culture.

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