Don’t you hate it when an amazing teaser hypes you up to go see a film, only to leave you wishing you never wasted your money on a movie ticket? Here’s a list of those films whose trailers deceived and disappointed us.
Ghost in the Shell (2017)
While calling it a horrible movie is a bit of an overstatement as it certainly wasn’t quite that bad, it wasn’t all that good either. The trailer promised a lot; too much, in fact. A lot of us who were pretty cynical about getting a good Hollywood adaptation of an anime somehow got our hopes up after watching the trailer but we were, of course, disappointed.
Wong Tsui-kai, Web Reporter
Suicide Squad (2015)
Suicide Squad was okay, it wasn’t exactly dreadful. I still enjoyed the cast, the characters and the fun and thrills intrinsic to superhero – or, in this case, anti-hero – movies. But the story wasn’t as well stitched together as I would have liked, and this genre has seen a renaissance in which Marvel Studios have really raised the bar. So Suicide Squad felt more like a string of funtastic moments, banter and one liners, and we’d already seen all that in the trailer, which was masterfully edited to Queen’s iconic Bohemian Rhapsody.
Heidi Yeung, Web Editor
Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull (2008)
I was massively excited for Indy 4, which the trailer promised would be like the previous three – old-school adventuring with Indiana Jones himself. Fights, explosions, tombs, and snarky quips awaited us in Crystal Skull ... except they sort of didn’t. I did enjoy Crystal Skull as a film because it was still Harrison Ford, but nowhere near as much as I wanted to love it.
Ginny Wong, Sub-editor
Cowboys and Aliens (2011)
The premise is intriguing. Cowboys. Aliens. A grumpy Harrison Ford with a six-shooter. Daniel Craig in a leather waistcoat. But the promise of the perfect mix of spaghetti Western and alien horror in one film fell flat with dull one-liners, mediocre CGI and a super-lazy plot twist. Whoever cut the trailer deserves a big share of the film’s (disappointing) box office take, because it certainly had me fooled. But you have to admit, Craig DOES look good in a cowboy hat.
Jamie Lam, Special Projects Editor
This Means War (2012)
I love a good spy film, and I LOVE rom-coms and chick flicks and cheesy cheesy fromage. From the trailer, This Means War looked like the perfect Sunday-night-in film. Action! Attractive people! Hilarity! But all the best bits are in the trailer (and half of the trailer moments don’t even appear in the film). What you actually get is petty rivalry, a sadly one-dimensional female lead, no logical ending, and worst of all, references to going to Hong Kong when EVERY shot is of Shanghai. Ugh.
Karly Cox, Deputy Editor
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018)
To be honest, all I was really looking for from this film was another fun, thrilling dinosaur adventure, which is pretty much what the trailer promised. But the film seemed to try too hard, and crammed way too much in. The whole thing ended up being really far-fetched and over-the-top, even for a franchise about a dinosaur theme park.
Charlotte Ames-Ettridge, Sub-editor
The Last Airbender (2010)
Possibly the most disappointing movie for me was The Last Airbender. I was already sceptical about them making the animated series into a live-action film, but the trailer and the fact that M. Night Shyamalan was directing gave me a bit of hope. Sadly, all the coolest bits were put into the trailer and the movie just fell short of everything that was expected of it. They tried.
Nicole Moraleda, Sub-editor
Justice League (2017)
Justice League was so far from what I expected it would be from its trailer. I thought the movie would give us a taste of the dark and gritty side of DC, but instead we got super-lame CGI, a predictable plot, and flat jokes. And Aquaman surfing on a bad guy while flipping his hair is not my idea of a cool action scene ... Steppenwolf, the movie’s main villain, was poorly CGI’d and didn’t stand out at all. The only good thing to come from the movie was The Flash, but it’s almost impossible to make The Flash look bad.
Alejo Rodriguez Lo, Videographer