Last week, Toronto film critic Peter Howell wrote a short opinion piece about this surging madness:
Does not the real enjoyment of a movie come from the performances, the writing and the directing, rather than the mechanics of a plot that you already know the ending to?Answer: Yes.
If you go to the movies simply because you crave a twist, then stay home and watch Law & Order or read a book.
I half expect there to be a PAC someday that will lobby for legislation criminalising "spoiling" as some sort of invasion of privacy. That is how red-fanged and loony some of these guys can get.
Don't get me wrong. I like to go into a movie fresh, but I do it of my own volition. It ain't that hard.
Here's a thought: If you don't want to know anything about a film prior to seeing it, then DON'T READ REVIEWS! If it's a benign up or down endorsement that you seek, then check in with The Today Show or Richard Roeper on Friday mornings.
There also have these things called "trailers". You know, previews? You can watch them and decide if you want to see a movie or not. Funny thing is, they tend to give away much more than any critic ever does, yet people don't complain about them.