By WESLEY ROBINSON
I never got to see dead people the way it was intended.
All these years later I’m still pretty pissed I didn’t get to experience one of the better plot twists in a movie I’ve ever seen. By the time I ended up watching The Sixth Sense years after the movie debuted in theaters, so many people had spoiled the movie it was ridiculous.
You might say I should have seen the movie when it first came out, but hear me out.
I went nearly six years without knowing the big plot twist that made the movie great and wrote M. Night Shyamalan the check he kept cashing for years with bad movies. This was long before “spoiler alert” became a part of popular etiquette when I was trying to figure my life out at the big school up the road.
Some loud mouth on the bus decided it was time to talk within earshot about the plot of The Sixth Sense and many other movies. I’ve never been more frustrated at someone for not using their inside voice. (The only two movies I remember her spoiling were The Sixth Sense and Texas Chainsaw Massacre, so I guess I got off easy and can see the other films she ruined.) She was the first of many who just had to explain what happened where I could hear it directly or indirectly.
For those who haven’t seen The Sixth Sense, I won’t ruin it for you because it’s not that hard to talk about movies without ruining them for people. I knew there was probably a big plot twist and I knew the key line people constantly repeated had something to do with it. When I finally did see the film, I understood why the movie would be so incredible to many people. I also felt like I had been cheated out of genuine chills for a great script and pretty original concept. Incidentally, this was probably Shyamalan’s best work. It’s been a tragic downward spiral since, but I don’t want to pile on.
Not everyone has the time, money or desire to see a movie when it’s new. Whatever the reason, just understand what a spoiler is to people, it can mean different things to different people. It’s best to just be quiet if you can.
Personally, I have a strategy of going into movies knowing as little as possible. Something like the second Hunger Games movie was pretty amazing to me because I didn’t know a single thing about the movie, other than the premises left from the first one. I’m not the only one like this.
Other people read reviews to see whether or not a movie is good. That generally gives away cast, major plot points, important scenes and everything short of the resolution. That works for other people.
I guess my point is, be respectful of people’s movie watching preferences. Don’t be the guy or girl that tells the world Darth Vader is Luke’s Skywalker’s father. Spoiler alert.