Personally, I’m in the opposing camp.

I love absorbing ALL the information I can get about a movie prior to seeing it. The “think pieces”. The trailers. The wiki’s. Everything.

Because, for me, the experience of watching the movie is different from learning about the movie.

Actually, it’s learning about it in a different manner and context. On virtual paper, we’re reading an interpretation from a writer or blogger’s perspective. On the big screen, we’re seeing and feeling things in a more visceral and personal way. All that data taken in before will either no longer matter or will only deepen your thoughts as you watch, as the in theater viewing — with all the sound and visual fury, not to mention potential layers between it all — is what counts.

That being said, if someone had spoiled for me Vader being Luke’s father…

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