One of my favorite part of going to the movie has always been looking at the coming attractions trailers. You see, the process of watching a movie for me starts months before the movie actually comes out. Sure, you can go to a movie you have never heard of before and enjoy it, and I have done that many times in the past, but the best thing to do is to really build up suspense. Looking at the coming attractions gets you excited about the movies. It makes you want to see them. Makes you think about them and speculate what they will be like.
Of course, sometimes a coming attraction disappoints. You can build it up so much in your head that when the movie finally arrives, it is nothing compared to your expectations. More often, however, the strategy actually adds to your enjoyment of the film. I have seen many films that I’ve waited for for months before they came out, and most of the time it is worth it.
The very best thing to do is to see movies on the day they arrived. Waiting months for coming attractions is fine, but you still want to catch them on the opening day. Opening-day crowds are always excited to see the movie. They always cheer at the good scenes, thrill at the chilling, suspenseful parts, and in general have a blast seeing the movie. It is hard to compare this excitement to anything else. And if I’m not going to watch a movie with a crowd of excited people, I would just as soon wait until it comes out on video. After all, one of the big thrills about going to the theater – besides a large screen and excellent sound system – is feeding off the excitement of the crowd.
The excitement of coming attractions doesn’t only extends movies. Coming theater attractions can be every bit as exciting if not more. It took me a while to get into the theater – tickets are usually pricier, and there is a lot less hype surrounding the productions. Nevertheless, plays have an excitement of their own. Anything can happen, and the action is all right in front of your face. You get to really see the actors – not just what the director wants you to see. And often the writing is better. I’m not saying I want to give up the excitement of big blockbuster Hollywood movies, but watching plays certainly complements it nicely.