Sometimes we see a film and it's shit. We hoped it would be ace, but it's a real let down.
Sometimes we see a film and it's bloody ace, but we had no idea what we were going in for.
Now for me, I dislike Transformers for exactly the same key flaw: I have no emotional investment in the film due to (in my opinion) terrible characterisation.Originally Posted by JAL-18 regarding Prometheus
So there's all kinds of expectations going on here. For my part, perhaps I'm expecting good characters from films that you know full well will not have them (just perhaps). Or perhaps I just want good characters. I guess I didn't really expect Transformers to have them, I just wanted it to.
The key question here is this:
If you expected a film to be good and epic, but it was a real let down, do you think your opinion would have been different had you somehow magically gone in there with no expectations? Obviously it's pretty much all subjective (we live in post-modern times after all), but on a personal level do you try and retain some consistency? Can a film deliver poorly on it's high-expectations and still be better than something that easily surpasses the low-expectations you had for it? Do you try to get some kind of perspective on it? Or is the key feature of a film's quality that of meeting the expectations placed on it? Do you try to set aside everything you've heard about it and everything people (including the makers) have told you about it? Or getting gee'd up part of the fun?
Have you ever wished you hadn't got so hyped up for something because in the end it just made something a let down? How much does the heavy publicity and media saturation of hollywood have to do this? Are we mislead? Or is it your own fault for just thinking about it waaaaaay much? Do any of you avoid seeing an advertising leading up to films you have already decided to see? Or is that an expectation in and of itself? If you decide to skip all the press are you already too hyped?
Have you ever been under-hyped for something? Is that even possible?
Will your expectations at the time matter at all when you watch it in 10 years? Or will you just have a new set of them?
Hmm. I'm interested to hear your thoughts.