Though I do my best to be 100% spoiler free in writing about movies (at the very least not giving away anything that isn’t in a trailer), I try not to be too much of a hardass when others are more cavalier about it. While it irritates me to read a review that gives away too much, honestly if you’re reading a review before you see a movie, you’re kind of asking for it. Also, if a movie has been out for several weeks and you haven’t gotten off your ass to see it, then you take your chances and you can’t really bitch about it if something is ruined for you.

On the other hand, it’s gotten so you can’t even surf the internet without having chunks of summer event movies blown for you just by casually scanning headlines as much as a year before a movie even comes out. This infantile need to know everything about a movie before anyone sees it is a) weird and b) ruining movies for those with a little bit of patience.

Here’s an excellent example. There’s a nugget of information revealed late in The Dark Knight Rises that I knew from frame one despite the fact I haven’t read a single posting on the franchise since news about it started to trickle out. It didn’t ruin the movie for me, but I never had the chance to know how much more enjoyable it would’ve been had I been blissfully ignorant. I know not everyone likes to let a movie reveal its own secrets in the moment they’re watching it and that, for many, obsessing about every detail a year in advance of the movie opening is half of the fun, but it’s internet pandering to this uniquely selfish segment of the audience (because it’s traffic gold!) that is ruining it for those of us who like to wait until Christmas morning to open our presents.

Whatever you think about Christopher Nolan or his movies (I generally like them even if I don’t worship the hallowed ground he walks on), the fact is he’s an auteur with a vision. He wants to be in control of every element of a movie from the film itself, to how it’s marketed to how it’s exhibited. If you like him as a filmmaker, why would you not want to trust him to reveal what needs to be revealed when it needs revealing? He waited almost the entire length of The Dark Knight Rises to tell a part of his story because he believed that to be the moment when it would have the most impact.

Especially if you love Christopher Nolan, why would you not want to trust him to do what he does? 6 months ago the news in question amounted to little more than meaningless internet background noise that gave comic book boners to a handful of nerds. Could it have meant a lot more in the context of the movie? We’ll never know and that’s too bad.

7 Responses to “Curiousity Killed the Cat: Pandering to the Internet Culture of “Now!” (Spoiler Free)”

  1. I’m going wait until even AFTER Christmas morning to open my Batman present, but I’m looking forward to it just the same.

  2. The longer you wait, the more likely THE WHOLE THING WILL BE RUINED!

  3. That’s kinda what I like about Asian movies haha, since I can’t read – I don’t get spoiled. xD And because some of these movies are so indie, you don’t get to know about them until they’re about to release them. That kind of thing happened to me a while ago when I foudn out my favorite actress had a new movie coming out that was shot in Ireland… and I found out about the movie like 2 months before it was set to open in theaters haha

    It happens a lot in Japan – I dunno how they do it. Actress Miyazaki Aoi has like 6 or 7 movies coming out in the coming months, and we’ve never found out about them until they are well into their promotion stage…

  4. Probably because there aren’t an army of nerds in Japan who get off on knowing every detail about a movie in advance.

    In this case, what annoyed me was that I wasn’t looking for info about the movie, it was spoiled in a headline in my news feed.

  5. I didn’t even read what you wrote. Heck, I’m blacklisting FB starting Friday morning because of this, and I will be avoiding certain sites entirely on Friday and Sat because I plan to see this Sunday and I already know from experience (Prometheus, Avengers, etc) that the attention-starved 9-year-olds that run most fanboys sites simply can’t help but spoil it all, even in their damn headlines.

    It’s such a small thing and seems so trivial…just let me enjoy it on my own terms.

  6. Oh, yeah! IMDb news feed has that a lot. It’s like… “HE DIES IN THE MOVIE” type of headlines on posts. Blame it on SEO haha. We live in a world were ratings, box office and hits count more than anything.

  7. Yep and those things are killing movies and they’re killing movie writing.

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