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Old 02-21-2014, 03:23 AM
Good trailer = good film

Do you think you can honestly tell if a film's gonna be good from the trailer?

Obviously the whole point of the trailer is to make the film look good, but sometimes the trailer can be awesome and the film utter crap.

The Matrix Reloaded trailer is a good one. That film seriously failed to live up to it's potential, but the trailer made it look like it was gonna be freaking awesome (although the CGI Keanu did make me worry, and my worries were not unfounded). I suppose the big blockbusters always have good trailers, they have to because so much money has gone into them.

However, sometimes a trailer can be pretty mediocre and the film turns out to be fantastic. I think it's probably harder to make a trailer for a dramatic film than a big blockbuster.

Anyway...examples? Great trailer = great film? Discuss. :-)
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Old 02-21-2014, 08:26 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3THVbr4hlY
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Old 02-21-2014, 04:40 PM
Examples... Hmm.

More recent but The Avengers and The Wolf of Wall Street immidiately come to mind. The Dark Knight as well. All three for me had great trailers that eventually ended up equally great films.

Older ones... Goodfellas, Casino, Forrest Gump.
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Old 02-22-2014, 08:05 PM
In short - Yes & No.
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Old 02-22-2014, 08:11 PM
The Social Network had a BRILLIANT trailer (awesome use of Radiohead's Creep) so I was sold after seeing that trailer.

Man of Steel trailer was fantastic but it didn't live up to my expectations. 5/10
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Old 02-23-2014, 02:10 PM
It's impossible to tell if a movie is good based on the trailer.

Trailers that get me the most excited usually have a lackluster movie and the other way around. I wasn't impressed with the 300 trailer, I thought Leonidas was shouting too much, unlike his cool and reserved comic counterpart. But fuck do I love that movie and in hindsight the trailer is actually pretty good.

I thought the Avengers trailer was meh and made me wonder if the movie would be good. But the movie is awesome. Saw it three times in the theaters.

I really enjoyed the Clash of the Titans 2010 trailer, great score with the scorpion striking his tail on the beat, but the movie itself is mediocre.
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Old 03-02-2014, 03:04 PM
The trailer for 'Her' looked liked the sappiest thing ever--was rolling my eyes a bit but of course the movie is fantastic.
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Old 03-02-2014, 10:36 PM
I've only ever come across one trailer that gave me goosebumps and the film ended up delivering: Casino.

Lots of other movies had great trailers but the movie, even if it was good, didn't deliver on the same level as the trailer.

Now if you start asking me about good trailers with shitty movies; well, I can go on all day.
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Old 03-03-2014, 03:21 PM
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Originally Posted by echo_bravo View Post
The Social Network had a BRILLIANT trailer (awesome use of Radiohead's Creep) so I was sold after seeing that trailer.

Man of Steel trailer was fantastic but it didn't live up to my expectations. 5/10
Bingo on both comments.
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Old 03-06-2014, 05:03 PM
I'll say no--especially more recent trailers. There have been plenty of nicely done trailers that didn't lead to a great movie, let alone decent (Transformers 2 and 3, Pirates of the Caribbean 3 and 4, and most other sequels). However, there have been plenty of poorly put together trailers that have resulted in great films (The Prestige, Batman Begins, V For Vendetta, Stoker, Her, and Zodiac).
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Old 03-06-2014, 09:27 PM
Some of my all time favorite trailers ended up being great movies:

Terminator 2
Speed
The Rock
Equilibrium
The Matrix

But great trailer is hardly a guarantee it will be a great movie.
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Old 03-11-2014, 11:31 AM
I believe that you cannot tell if a film is going to be good based on the trailer. Trailers attempt to frame a film in an attractive manner--there is a tendency to emphasize only the dramatic or thrilling elements--for one purpose: profit. I do, however, believe that one can utilize a trailer to judge his or her potential interest in a film. Generally, one can spot elements, actors, moments, etc. that will pique a movie goer's interest, and using this idea, judge one's interest level.
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Old 03-14-2014, 04:47 AM
M. Night Shyamalan certainly knows how to put together a killer trailer, but his films (over the last 14 years, post-Unbreakable) fall into two categories: horrible or incredibly disappointing. Sometimes a viewer can tell if a film will be good based on the effectiveness of its trailer, sometimes not. For example: if I see a trailer for The Hobbit or the latest Christopher Nolan film (I'm one of those "In Nolan I Trust" people), I know it's going to be rock-solid; however, if I see a trailer for any Michael Bay film, it's one huge coin-flip. It's a "yes & no" question, for sure, and a very interesting topic that movie-goers and film buffs alike should be aware of.

Strider

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Old 03-14-2014, 08:53 AM
No. A good trailer doesn't equal a good film, but I do know their tricks; I know what tropes to look for even in a trailer.

Trailers are so easy to read. I can almost always tell whether a) the film is going to be a massive hit, b) how good or bad the film is going to be, and (most importantly) c) if it's the kind of film I even want to see.
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