I would ask that you answer 2 questions, however.
If you don't like the first 10 minutes of something, why do you keep watching?
Ok, well most of the time I do keep watching and that's because when I actually sit down to watch a movie it is because I wanted to see it and I don't trust my snap decision after 10 minutes. Often movies with bad starts get better, but even when they don't, *I* generally want to form an opinion based on the whole movie.
And, if the first 10 minutes of something have been so awful that you are thinking "I'd rather watch a blank screen than this," and yet for some reason you do keep watching, how many times has it actually turned around and become something you enjoyed--really enjoyed to the point that you forgive the utterly horrid first 10 minutes? (As follow ups, would this hypothetical show be better off without those first 10 minutes? If so, why are they even there? If not, and they are crucial to the overall show, was there a way to make them less horrid?)
There have been times that I haven't finished a movie and there's nothing wrong with that. I don't want you to feel like that was my problem with what you said. But I actually have a remarkable example for your question. Captain Marvel. I felt the movie was very strange as I was watching it, especially the first bit of it. Even as I left the theater I was confused and I don't like being confused. My wife still doesn't ever want to see the movie again and that's okay. I haven't taken the time to watch it again, but I want to. Because as I lay in bed that night thinking about the movie, I believe that I understood what the director was doing. I am disappointed to see that I didn't post it here where I can point you to it, but I wasn't on the Allspark that much for a few years until recently. But I posted on Facebook and will put it below:
"Spoiler free analysis: Captain Marvel might have gotten me back in the theater a second time in the old days without 2 toddlers. I’ve liked it more as I have reflected and look forward to watching it again at home. If you’re thinking of going, I say this: Many times during the movie I felt confused and uncertain about where the story was going and I usually feel like that means the director should have done a better job, but hold on. The director is putting you in Captain Marvel’s shoes. She is confused and uncertain where her mission is going so you will actually be sharing her experience and figuring out who to trust and who are good guys and bad guys right with her. You aren’t watching her go dot to dot through a traditional superhero origin where everything that has to happen is everything you know has to happen. I believe that was intentional and pretty neat. And if you have a little girl that is old enough, go show her that one of the most powerful heroes in the MCU is a girl."
Since you have already written a review of the movie, I won't avoid spoilers with you. Everyone is lying to the main character. The structure of the movie uses familiar tropes to make you as the audience trust lies just like Carol. Even casting choices and things they said about them in the lead up to the movie were lies. They said Jude Law was playing Mar-vell. He wasn't Mar-vell. He's actually a villain from the comics. Right off the bat they show you that Carol has a superpower and they refer to it as a gift they gave her and your average movie goer accepts it. It's a lie. They have kidnapped her and are trying to control her. She's totally brainwashed. Later they introduce who seems to be the bad guy and they cast Ben Mendelssohn who has lately played high profile bad guys and he's a Skrull which we know are bad guys. But it is a lie. As the movie goes you AND Carol get more and more hints that you've been deceived and everything gets turned on its head. She changes sides when she realizes that the bad guys are the good guys and the good guys are the bad guys. The freaking Skrulls are the good guys. The Kree are the bad guys. Mar-vell is reimagined as a woman that Carol knew. Her origin was a few years ago. She just didn't get to finish it then because she was taken by the Kree and brainwashed. To me, it is all pretty cool. No one but "This Is Us" has ever so successfully misdirected me. But the experience that a first time, non-spoiled viewer of this movie gets is VERY interesting. Even if you watch it now, you won't get that because you were never actually going to even watch the movie without being spoiled and maybe you still won't. But you are confused and off-balance watching the start of the movie because you are supposed to. Because Carol is.
Edited by Axaday, 20 November 2019 - 07:42 PM.