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Movies: A Medium of Entertainment Completely Spoiled on the Internet

Brett Nichols

Posted on June 21, 2020 08:03

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A comical account of my experience with online spoilers and how we must be cautious when looking up reviews and information online about films that we want to see.

The other day, I saw a trailer for a new movie that I wanted to see. After seeing the trailer, I thought to myself, "Why don't I just go and look this movie up so I can get a general idea of the film in addition to the critic's consensus?" So, I jumped on my computer and looked it up on the internet. However, as I was looking through various reviews, I inadvertently found out the whole plot of the film due to a spoiler-heavy community review being featured on one of the various popular review sites. The whole movie's plot exposed just openly, freely lined up next to more cautious allusions to the film's greater meaning. This frustrated me so badly! All you have to do is make a few clicks on the internet and all of your wonder and curiosity are tattered by anyone with loose lips and connection to the web.

Though upsetting, I really shouldn't be surprised. The film I was recently interested in was received by a smaller audience and yet spoilers were scattered throughout the interwebs. I could barely even go on social media during the eves of the last two Avengers films where people were just waving spoilers for the films like they were the Popeye's chicken sandwiches that caused a ruckus many months ago.

While spoilers may be fun to some -- either those who love the very concept of mystery within film completely derived from them or those who are not going to watch the movie and just want the mystery over with -- there are some people who truly desire the mystery of the film to be unraveled as they are actually watching the film. They don't want their experience ruined through an Instagram post, tweet or a leaked clip on Reddit. I must say on a personal level, depending on the movie, I probably fit under all of those categories just listed. But I want the spoilers through my own decision, not by them being force-fed down my throat by the loudest voice on Facebook!

For example, the new Star Wars films. While many Star Wars fans likely went in theaters knowing some important aspects of the plot, such (accurate) juicy details would have been far more difficult to come by during the era of the original trilogy simply due to the medium of leaked information being far more limited than today. When those who grew up with the original trilogy recall the first time they heard "No, I am your father" (yes, that is verbatim of what Darth Vader actually said), odds are they heard it from the silver screen. That, or from their jabbering friend that had the honor of seeing the movie before them.

That is all to say that we must be careful and conservative on the internet when looking up info on that new [insert actor name here] movie that is coming out.

What movies have been spoiled for you thanks to the internet?

Brett Nichols

Posted on June 21, 2020 08:03

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