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Movies: Expectations vs. Reality
Whether it's a misleading trailer that lead to the expectations, a phenomenal cast you thought would carry the story, a writer/director team you thought couldn't fail, etc., name a movie where the expectations were high, but the final product didn't live up to the hype.
1. list the movie
2. list what the movie promised to deliver
3. list how it failed to deliver
August: Osage County
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expectation: Marketed to be a witty, dialogue heavy drama, full of tour de force performances from a spectacular cast.
reality: long, melodramatic scenes filled with unsophisticated dialogue delivered by bitter and childish characters.
Gone Girl. Trailer made it look like the female character disappeared with rumour and innuendo cast towards her uncaring, abusive husband. For anyone who saw it they'll know how miles off and completely deceptive the trailer deliberately was.
Cabin in the Woods. Trailer made it look like a run of the mill horror. Turned out to be much more.
Incidentally, both were much better than I expected. Not disappointing
Drive is one of my favorite movies, but unfortunately Nicolas Winding Refn took all the parts that added to Driver's character (long brooding looks towards other characters, extremely short dialogue changes if not zero dialogue at all in some scenes, angry outbursts) and applied those things to every character in the movie. Ryan Gosling's character was a near-mute psychopath. The only redeeming qualities were a great score by Cliff Martinez, a great final fight between Ryan Gosling and Vithaya Pansringarm, and Refn's trademark gorgeous cinematography.
All style and no substance, and the style didn't cut it this time around for me.
I think the biggest perpetrator of the bait and switch in recent years is "It Comes at Night", and this was done on purpose. This was my post about it in its thread.
You went in expecting a full out home invasion/creature feature horror movie because of the name and the trailers being framed in a way that looked like a monster makes frequent terrorizing visits to families home. You went in expecting it to be about the family trying to barricade and protect itself against this visitor every night.
[I put how it failed to deliver in spoilers incase any of you guys want to watch it. It's a great movie, but not what it looks like]. [SPOILER - highlight to read]: It ended up being a contagion-type, psychological thriller at best. There is no creature, and there is nothing that comes at night. The reason everyone is isolated is because of a contagious virus that wiped out most of humanity. This entire movie is just the family trying to survive the woods, scavenging for supplies, and cooperating with other survivors to mutual benefit. Imagine the Walking Dead without zombies but much better writing and plot and you have this movie.