5 Movies That Had Fantastic Trailers but Didn’t Do Well

Trailers are a kind of an advertisement for movies, briefly showcasing the storyline and with the aim of attracting audience to the. It is like a marketing strategy for movies. However, sometimes the trailers are way better than the actual movie, leaving audiences with the feeling of haven wasted their time and money.

Today at Watch Tank we will be discussing 5 movies which had fantastic trailers but didn’t do well.

5. Superman Returns

Superman Returns
Superman Returns

The trailer of Superman Returns attracted a lot of audience thanks to the editing skills. The last part of the trailer, which shows the bullet getting crumbled after hitting Superman’s eye was the catch. The two-and-a-half-minute trailer attracted a lot of audience to the movie.

However, considering the movie, it loses the hype that the trailer generated. The storyline is based on Superman returning to earth after spending five years in space examining his hometown Krypton. The movie had a lot of hype that was created by its trailer. Brandon Routh as Superman had a lot of similarities with Christopher Reeve, not just the looks but also the mannerism and the acting style was also quite similar to Reeve’s. The movie, which is 2 hours and 34 minutes long, couldn’t capture the audience’s attention, failing to live up to expectation.

4. Cloverfield

Cloverfield

The camera movements and the camera shots made Cloverfield’s trailer one of the best. The camera tracked the movement in a very systematic way, making the viewers’ jaw drop. The 2 minutes and 11 seconds trailer created an impression of a monster film. The disasters caused by the monster was the main focus of the trailer. After watching the trailer, one would surely want to watch the whole movie.

Yet, the movie couldn’t live up to expectation. Even though it is not a terrible movie to watch, the mystery of the film leads the audience to a dead end. Most audience really wanted to know the characters destroying everything, including the head of the Statue of Liberty, which comes flying towards the camera. The ending as unbelievable as it was, suggested that there was probably going to be another sequel to the movie.

3. Max Payne

Max Payne
Max Payne

Max Payne’s movie trailer had a great background score and visual effects. The sound effects and the editing kept viewers on the edge of their seats. The character detailing was fantastic with some in-depth shots which kept the audience wondering about the climax of the movie.

However, the movie lacked the depth which was reflected in the trailer. It had some stylish actions yet illogical and predictable plotlines. Jonathan Sela did some excellent photography capturing the blood in the rain and the snow. Most audience said the video game was more interesting than the movie. The characters although being similar to the game did not have the same feel as in the game.

Max Payne’s movie trailer had a great background score and visual effects. The sound effects and the editing kept viewers on the edge of their seats. The character detailing was fantastic with some in-depth shots which kept the audience wondering about the climax of the movie.

However, the movie lacked the depth which was reflected in the trailer. It had some stylish actions yet illogical and predictable plotlines. Jonathan Sela did some excellent photography capturing the blood in the rain and the snow. Most audience said the video game was more interesting than the movie. The characters although being similar to the game did not have the same feel as in the game.

2. Transformers: Dark of the Moon

 Transformers Dark of the Moon
Transformers Dark of the Moon

The trailer of Transformers: Dark of the Moon was epic. Some significant slow-motion and visual effects are what made the trailer astonishing. The trailer gives the audience an insight into what to expect from the sequel of the movie Transformers. Some detailed dialogues and thoroughly executed scenes which sends chills down the spine are the main highlights of the trailer.

Even though the film has a lot of special effects and 3D shots, they are not enough to fill the weak storyline. The lagging last hour of the film brings the story down to the same level as “Revenge of the Fallen”. The storyline lacked depth, but watching the trailer you would feel that the film had more to offer.

Before moving on to the first on our list, here are two movies which require special mention as well.

  • Tron: Legacy
Tron Legacy
Tron Legacy

After almost three decades, the 1982 ‘Tron’ got a sequel of its own. Disney’s 3-D Sequel, ‘Tron: Legacy’ couldn’t reach the mark of the original movie. The trailer of Tron: Legacy had a lot of interesting things to offer to the audience. The dialogues gave an insight into what the story would revolve around. The visual effects, editing and the background score, was enough to keep the audience fantasizing about what will happen in the movie. The VFX, design and creativity were way ahead of its time.

The movie didn’t disappoint the audience in terms of the visual effects but lacked in plotline. The story gets lost in the production design. People loved the movie just because of its optical excellence. The director, Joseph Kosinski, forgot to add human interest and depth to the characters as he was more focused on the visual effects of the movie.

  • Iron Man 3
Iron Man 3
Iron Man 3

Iron Man was always a must-watch movie for Marvel Fans and the sequel Iron Man 3 was the second highest-grossing movie of 2013. Now you would be wondering why this movie got a special mention on this list.

Well, we all know that Iron Man 3 had a lot of significant visual effects, just like any other Marvel movie. The trailer hinted at the storyline, thus letting the audience know what to expect from the film. In the ending of the trailer we got to see the army of Tony Stark which was literally the best moment in the trailer.

Even though the story had some impressive action sequences and few surprises, it wasn’t up to the expectations of most Marvel fans. The movie was full of hundreds of Iron Man suits. The script was ambitious but was not able to sell the plot ultimately. For Iron Man and Marvel fans, this movie was a fun watch but couldn’t reach the mark of The Avengers.

Now for the one that everyone has been waiting for!

1. Godzilla

Godzilla
Godzilla

Well, we are not talking about the 2019 movie, at the top of our list is the Godzilla movie released in 1998. The trailer of this 1998 movie was enough to skip the heartbeat of audience. The way the editor introduced Godzilla in the trailer was epic. That was enough for audience to go watch the movie in theatres.

However, the movie lacked some detailing and visual effects that the 2019 Godzilla movie had. Even though the director tried to provide some great sequences, it wasn’t enough to keep the movie intact. The script was also a bit lagging for most fans, and the plot didn’t do justice to the film. Hence for the audience it was a bit of a letdown.

These are our list of five movies that didn’t do well but had fantastic trailers. Do let us know in the comments, what you think about our selection of movies.

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