For those who are not familiar, there are absolutely no spoilers on this blog, and there never will be. Gamerscene is spoiler-free. You can read every review with no fear of spoilers attacking from the shadows. But critics are quite different. Some critics include spoilers in their reviews all the time. Others include spoilers when the movie is released to DVD. Some wait years before bringing up spoilers in text. This is what I’ll be talking about today. When is it OK to say, “Hey, remember how in Inception….” and then spoil the end and talk about the movie as if the person has already seen it? When can we throw away spoiler alerts and just spill everything?
I hate spoilers. I really do. I don’t care if a movie is a year old, or two years old, or ten years old. I don’t think that reviews should contain spoilers. At all. There are plenty of classics that I have yet to see. If critics spill the details about classic movies, it could potentially ruin the experience for someone. Personally, I take the smart approach. I don’t read random reviews or take the word of people I stumble across over Rotten Tomatoes or IMDB. I have specific critics that I watch that have spoiler free reviews, and who have the same type of likes and dislikes than me. The matter of movie opinion is a whole other post for a later time, but it helps to watch/read critics that share similar views as you. Who are these critics? That is for another post as well.
Truthfully, even though Fight Club and the Godfather and Goodfellas and American Beauty have all been out for a while, spoilers are not acceptable. When one reviews a movie, they can simply talk about what did and did not work. They do not have to blabber on about the final scene and this and that. It ruins the movie viewing experience for the viewer. Therefore, do not be nervous while reading my reviews. They will always be spoiler free, because I am anti-spoilers all the way. In person, even, it is not appropriate to provide spoilers. It is all a very simple concept. Just because the Godfather is an older movie, it does not grant you the right to talk about it freely and spoiler it for someone who has not seen it. It may be old to you, but it’s new to me. Movies are not old and then new. They are all individual movie experiences. I may enjoy the Godfather just as much as someone from 15 years ago. Spoilers are not cool. Period.
What do you think about spoilers? Are they ever acceptable? Comment below, and if you have not, leave some questions for the upcoming Q and A with me:)