The late film critic Roger Ebert once admitted his personal disdain for movie trailers. To paraphrase his viewpoint, Ebert believed that the ads gave away the best parts of a movie and often misrepresented storyline, characters and performances. Sure, we love to pour over the details of whatever trailer has got us hyped. Yet the truth is the majority of us have walked away disappointed when a film failed to live up to the trailer. Ebert had a point, one that is about to be driven home by the following list. From false advertising to previews being better than the finished product, here are 15 films that did not hold up to their trailers.
The Social Network
Director David Fincher has a background in directing commercials for companies like Apple and Nike. When the typically gloomy filmmaker was hired to direct The Social Network, many questioned the Fincher’s motivations in taking a corporate drama. Then the trailer was released—set to a children’s choir cover of Radiohead’s “Creep,” the preview presented a dramatic take on the website’s inception while also probing the lonely narcissism of the website, its makers and its users. Of course, the finished film couldn’t live up to the brilliance of the trailer, which may explain why the otherwise solid movie got mostly snubbed at the Oscars.