I used to enjoy movie pre-views ( or coming attractions or trailers , as they are also known). There was the feeling of getting something for nothing. After all we were to see for the main feature and these were “freebies”. The shorter the main feature, the more previews there were to compensate for it. And it was exciting to see what was coming down the pike. When I was young it always felt that the coming attractions were better than the movie we were about to see.
All that has changed now.
Nowadays, the previews feature lots of explosions and car crashes, earthquakes and other natural disasters, superheroes and aliens. Or an apocalyptic future, in which mankind is struggling to survive amidst the rubble. Everything is very loud ( good in a way, because it tells me my hearing isn’t failing).When there are five or six pre-views, it is difficult to tell one from another. Not one of them is a movie that I would want to see.
I was at a Bollywood movie recently and it was preceded by two previews. One of them was about two rival terrorist bombers striving to out-do each other. Once again, lots of explosions. I think the movie title was something like “Bangistan” and it was supposed to be a comedy. A comedy! I can’t remember what the other preview was; I must have tuned out.
One thing is certain… I will not be watching either of those movies.