Spoilers are a tricky thing. Many narrative works are built not just on surprises and twists, but carefully structured and atmospheric lead ups to said twists. While some are able to enjoy works as they unfold, others can’t stand mystery and sometimes even have to know an ending before they begin.
On the other hand there are those who are overly cautious, that revealing even the most basic of information about a film from its cast to its storyline they would consider a spoiler as they want to go in utterly blind. For the most part though, when writing and speaking about films, it’s easier to err on the side of caution and avoid discussing any spoilers about them until you know those reading or listening have seen said film.
One person who doesn’t share that belief is “Guardians of the Galaxy” writer and director James Gunn who recently went to Twitter to proclaim his belief that spoilers do not ruin good movies:
“If a movie can be ruined by spoilers, it’s not a good movie. I’m opposed to spoiling things for folks, but studies show knowing spoilers only very slightly affects the viewer’s pleasure, if at all (and sometimes increases the pleasure of a well-crafted film).”
Gunn went on to publish another tweet in his thread to link to one of those studies which substantiated the results for his conclusion. It’s an interesting call as many older films have long had their big twists spoiled for modern audiences who never saw them (eg. “Citizen Kane,” “The Empire Strikes Back,” “Planet of the Apes”) but it doesn’t necessarily detract from the work’s impact.
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