The previews have all played and the lights come down for the feature presentation. You probably know the excitement of that moment, right? For the next hour or two, we’ll be immersed in a story that makes us feel happy, sad, excited, scared, angry, or confused (Inception, anyone?). I remember one of these occasions and because I love getting to the theater early to watch the trailers, I saw every one of them. Then the auditorium got even a little darker and the movie started. The first scene was a bank robbery and I remember vividly thinking, “This is an interesting way to start the movie.” I think I was there to see a rom-com, to be honest. I was a little confused why they would start with a bank robbery but I was “all in” anyway. A few minutes into it, my mind was blown when Joker appeared on screen! What was happening??? Was I in the wrong theater!? Nope. Nope, I wasn’t. What I was watching was a very clever advertisement for the upcoming Batman film. Instead of a trailer, they just showed a scene from the movie. I’ll never forget that because of it’s simple originality. And you bet your Dusty buns I went to watch Batman when it came out a few months later!
Well, something similar happened again when I went to watch Top Gun: Maverick. Two movies in two days (the first was Elvis), so I saw a lot of movie previews. This time, I wasn’t tricked into thinking the featured movie was starting but the trailer was so odd, random, and mind-boggling that I rank it right up there with the Batman experience from a few years earlier. Soon after I got home I watched the full trailer because I just had to know what the movie was all about. The movie is called Smile and the trailer’s below. Who knew a smile could be so dang creepy? You can bet your hot dog buns I’ll be watching this movie.
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-Out of the Wilderness