Play The Movie Already!- AMC’s Amount of Trailers Before Deadpool 2 is Excessive!
Picture yourself in my shoes. The local theater is showing Deadpool 2 at 6:30pm. I have just enough time to drop my wife off at work in order to make the showing. Little did I know, I could have waited almost a full half hour to arrive past the showtime of the film and not missed any of the Merry Marvel action.
If you are one of the millions of fans going to see Deadpool 2 at an AMC theater, you may not have to rush as badly as you think. All theaters chains show trailers before a movie. Generally it’s about 10-15 minutes of commercials before you get to see the attraction you paid money for. With an AMC theater, the running time for trailers is 27 minutes long!
A little movie math: Deadpool 2 is clocked at exactly 2 hours long. Add the trailer’r run time of 27 minutes and if you are going to a 6:30pm showing of the latest Marvel superhero film, it will not be until just about 9:00pm until you’ll be back in your car to head home.
On thing in particular that made this run of previews unbearable was the use of the Grinch in between trailers. Voiced by Saturday Night Live alum Bill Hader, the Grinch pops up after each trailer, complaining for the movie to ‘start already!’ The purpose of the Grinch is to advertise the new animated feature film debuting this November. Instead, the Grinch’s whines end up both aggravating and appeasing the audience. Because very soon, you as well will begin crying out loud for the movie to start while wondering why there’s so many trailers to be had.
This lead’s to another issue with AMC’s lengthy previews: the lack of quality of most of the films being advertised. While the next Mission Impossible film’s trailer and the teaser for the Queen bio-pic were great fun, there were some stinkers. The Jason Straham giant shark picture, MEG, looked like it should be the latest entry in the Sharknado series. The basketball comedy Uncle Drew seemed funny but also destined for the Straight-To-DVD bin. Meanwhile, the surreal Sorry For Bothering You is rather shocking as I’ve never seen a movie trailer that straight out uses the F-word with Quentin Tarantino-like proficiency.
The good news about all of this is that Deadpool 2 is worth the wading through a sitcom-length amount of film trailers. But if you find yourself running a few minutes late for the film and AMC theaters is your destination- relax! You’ve got plenty of time to spare before the opening credits roll.