While it can often be fun to watch a movie
completely cold – as in, with zero of idea of the plot or what to expect – more often than not, audiences will rightly check out of a film
with certain expectations in mind.
These days, that is even more-so the case, given that the cinematic
landscape is littered with characters and stories that so many of us are all
well familiar with by now. Whether that’s fan favourite franchises such as Star
Wars and Star Trek, the comic book characters we’ve read about and watched for
years, the horror icons whose murderous habits we've lapped up, or even the
familiar tropes and techniques of our favourite directors. And that’s all
before you even take into consideration the spoiler-laden trailers that
are annoyingly commonplace these days.
Now while the topic of predictability is certainly one that
has many different angles to it, there are still those great moments where you watch
a movie with a certain mindset, only to have your mind
blown at the film being the opposite of what you were expecting.
Then again, that element of the unexpected can totally ruin a movie if not handled carefully.