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    Thumbs up Think you'll like a new movie? You're likely to be bummed out instead

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    Report on an experiment conducted on people seeing "The Last Jedi" indicates that high expectations lead to disappointment, but low expectation will make you happy.
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    Well, that's if the people work for Mechanical Turk. MTurk workers are known to be pretty different from the general population in many regards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger E. Moore View Post
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    Report on an experiment conducted on people seeing "The Last Jedi" indicates that high expectations lead to disappointment, but low expectation will make you happy.
    Thatís often, but not always, my experience. It isnít unusual for me to watch a movie after hearing it received poor reviews, and enjoy it. It comes down to not expecting much then being pleasantly surprised if it is better than expected. Sometimes movies are just bad, though.

    On the other hand, if I go into a movie with high expectations (usually this involves a sequel) I tend to notice flaws more and am more likely to expect more than the movie can deliver.

    Star Wars though - havenít really been a fan since the first trilogy. I was the right age to enjoy it then and the special effects were new and amazing, at least for the first movie. But the writing was never that good, I never cared that much for the premise, and generally I just find the more recent movies to be boring.

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    Not really my experience, but then I can't remember the last time I had high expectations of a movie. I think it might have been 2001: A Space Odyssey, and it certainly lived up to my high expectation.
    I generally avoid reading reviews until after I've seen the film, and I go to see movies if there seems to be something about the premise that interests me. Sometimes I think they're very good, sometimes I think they're very bad; usually I think, Heigh-ho, that was sort-of interesting but not enthralling.

    And then there's the category of movies that I would never choose to see, but go along with someone else who is keen to see it. Generally, they turn out to be just as dull/annoying/repellent as I anticipated; but once in a blue moon I get a surprise - I think the last time was Hey Hey It's Esther Blueburger, which I see is more than a decade ago.

    So I don't recognize the pattern in the OP from my own experience - but then, left to my own devices, my motivation for watching movies is essentially one of curiosity, rather than eager anticipation.

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    I often watch movies out of eager anticipation, and I often enjoy those movies.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gillianren View Post
    I often watch movies out of eager anticipation, and I often enjoy those movies.
    I'm with you on that myself.
    I sometimes revisit a movie (especially older ones) that I remembered really enjoying at the time only to find they were not really that good. I put this down to, my eager anticipation at the time clouded my true judgement at the first time of viewing. Or alternatively, if its an old movie, perhaps special effects and such are so good these days along with the much wider variety of viewing choices, make our expectations far higher now than they were a few decades ago?

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    Once I've enjoyed a movie, I enjoy rewatching it. And rerewatching it. Et cetera.
    Shortly after I retired, I deliberately watched a few now-classic movies that I didn't enjoy at the time of release and had avoided ever since, but couldn't remember what I'd disliked. I had a genuine conviction that I would now, in my mature years, appreciate all the stuff I'd missed in my youth. Instead what happened was that I found myself thinking, "Oh, gad, now I remember why I hated this."

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    Is Mechanical Turk still a thing? Wow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cosmocrazy View Post
    I'm with you on that myself.
    I sometimes revisit a movie (especially older ones) that I remembered really enjoying at the time only to find they were not really that good. I put this down to, my eager anticipation at the time clouded my true judgement at the first time of viewing. Or alternatively, if its an old movie, perhaps special effects and such are so good these days along with the much wider variety of viewing choices, make our expectations far higher now than they were a few decades ago?
    There are some movies I liked as a child that I am afraid to rewatch as an adult because I worry they won’t hold up and I prefer to remember them as good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CJSF View Post
    Is Mechanical Turk still a thing? Wow.
    Still a thing. So the psychology literature has shifted from overgeneralizing the sociocognitive behaviours of psychology undergraduates to overgeneralizing the sociocognitive behaviours of MTurk giggers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cosmocrazy View Post
    I'm with you on that myself.
    I sometimes revisit a movie (especially older ones) that I remembered really enjoying at the time only to find they were not really that good. I put this down to, my eager anticipation at the time clouded my true judgement at the first time of viewing. Or alternatively, if its an old movie, perhaps special effects and such are so good these days along with the much wider variety of viewing choices, make our expectations far higher now than they were a few decades ago?
    Eh, I mostly like rewatching movies, too. Sometimes, I don't like them on a more recent viewing because I discover something in them that hasn't aged well--"Oh, did he treat all the women in the movie like that?" for example--or discover that a childhood favourite that I haven't seen since childhood is maybe fine for an eight-year-old but not so much for an adult.
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