Last night while I was watching a Singapore Pro Wrestling event, one of my friends remarked randomly after the show: “I don’t care about spoilers [for pro wrestling matches]. I’m not like other people who get so upset about such things, I just care about how they get there.”
I’ve blogged about this before in the past. I hate spoilers because the impact, the experience of what you’re watching is completely different once you know the outcome. Even for pro wrestling matches — imagine if everyone at Tokyo Dome knew that Kenny Omega was going to lose his match against Kazuchika Okada. There’s a reason why some members of the audience cried after the finale. Even the live VOD camera caught one girl with tears in her eyes. Everyone was expecting Omega to win, it made perfect sense. And yet when it didn’t happen, we were all stunned by what we had just witnessed. An amazing 46-minute match that moved us.
I watched Hacksaw Ridge last week, not knowing what to expect. I didn’t even view the trailer. The only thing I knew about Hacksaw Ridge was: It was a war movie directed by Mel Gibson starring Andrew Garfield (aka the previous actor for Spider-Man). By the time the end credits rolled I was pleasantly surprised. It was one of the best war films I’ve ever seen, on the same level of quality as Steven Spielberg’s old HBO series, Band of Brothers. I don’t think it’ll win the Oscar for Best Picture (the Academy very rarely gives violent action films that award), but it deserves the nomination.
I’ve abstained from watching movie trailers for a long time. I think the last trailer I watched was back in 2008. Modern film trailers these days are so obsessed with being good, in attracting the audience that some of them will go to great lengths to spoil certain important scenes in the movie. Spider-Man 2 is one of the biggest culprits.
I despise spoilers with a passion because watching movies, TV shows, and pro wrestling matches IS my passion. Give it a try sometime. It’s a far better viewing experience.