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February 18th, 2003 · No Comments · Uncategorized

One part of the movies I enjoy are the coming attractions. Being the critical son-of-a-bitch that I am, getting to watch three or four previews is a chance to pass judgment on a film in the fraction of the time it would take to actually watch it. I’ll admit that you can’t necessarily tell a movie is good or bad from it’s preview. But you can certainly tell if the trailer is bad, and a bad trailer is rarely a good sign.

Some red flags in a movie trailer:

  • A narrator. (This doesn’t include voice-overs of dialog from the film.)
  • A narrator who starts any sentence with “In a world…” like “In a world gone mad” or “In a world of strangers…”
  • The “wacky switcheroo,” where the trailer gives the impression the movie is going to be serious, or refined, and then there’ an jump cut and the wild music starts and suddenly things are silly. Y’know, because the movie is going to be wacky.
  • The trailer is a digest version of the movie, revealing almost everything about the movie, in chronological order.
  • A trailer that gives away the surprise ending of the movie.

I’ve been getting the last one a lot from one trailer I’ve been subjected to repeatedly: The Life of David Gale.

It seems every time Conny View definition in a new window and I go to the movies recently, we have to sit through that trailer. The first time I saw it, I had a sneaking suspicion I could guess the ending. After seeing the trailer for the fifth time, I knew the ending. Or maybe it was after the second time, it’s all a melodramatic blur.

I have not seen the Life of David Gale, nor do I plan on seeing it. I will, however, dust off my psychic friends hat, and tell you what the surprising end is, but only if you want to know it.

Tell me your guess for the surprise ending! I don’t mind a possible spoiler!

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