Why Do Movie Trailers Suck?

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We’ve all watched that trailer. It gives away the whole movie, including key plot twists. Sometimes you watch a trailer that isn’t even close to what you get in the real movie (we’re looking at you Frozen and Kangaroo Jack).

And sometimes, a movie trailer is just plain bad, even though the movie itself is quite good. Well this week on the Now Conspiring Podcast, Maria and I delve into what makes our trailers, well trailers. Is it money? Greed? Power? Greedy power? We discuss.

Later in the show, we quickly review PaddingtonAmerican Sniper, and Blackhat. And we also cover this week’s movie news, including our thoughts on the Oscars, the new Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer, and more.

Stick around for our Netflix Recommendation of the Week, and as always, we finish the show with new Movie Releases coming this weekend.

Question of the Week: 

Why do movie trailers suck? Let us know your thoughts in the comments, and don’t forget to subscribe to our show on iTunes for updates on every episode!

Links to cool things we mentioned:

My American Sniper review. 

How George Lucas almost directed Star Wars: Episode VII.

The second trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron (which Maria hates for some reason).

All of the Oscars nominees in one place! 

5 thoughts on “Why Do Movie Trailers Suck?

  1. I loved this episode. Though we differ on Birdman, your rant was genuine and I really appreciated it. Thanks Jon

    • I’m glad you didn’t take offense to it. I know it’s a strange opinion, so I’m trying not to just look like a contrarian.

  2. Is it just me or has the average movie trailer gotten longer in the last several years? I believe that’s why they’re not very good these days. Trailers are better when they’re kept short and reveal just enough to make you interested in the movie. Now it seems like the trailers give away the entire plot when the movie is still months away from release. Even if the film turns out differently than the trailer implied, it’s hard to be excited for a movie when it seems like you already know what will happen.

  3. You know, I was going to see Paddington in theaters. But the day before I was going to go see it, THE EXACT SAME TRAILER ABOVE came on the T.V, and it pretty much gave me the whole movie. Well, I figured, it’s a waste of money to go see a movie when you already know how it ends. So I saved my money for a few months, and went to see Inside Out instead. And you know what? I liked Inside Out better in the long run, anyway.

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