Everybody has that one friend who can’t hold their own water when it comes to movies, a blabbermouth who gives away almost every twist, character death and ending before you’ve had the chance to see them for yourself.
It’s only natural to want to punch their lights out sometimes, but you should cut them some slack because there are films out there that do a perfectly good job of spoiling their surprises without the help of those prone to cinematic faux pas.
Filmmakers have been using foreshadowing for generations, but the key to wielding it correctly is subtlety. When a director drops in a nuanced clue here and there, the film’s big twist can have an even bigger impact, leaving the audience overcome with a collective sense of ‘why didn’t I think of that?’
But just as often directors treat foreshadowing as an opportunity to drop in a massive spoiler at the beginning of the movie. Occasionally these go unnoticed and simply pass under the radar, but when they’re flagged up in hindsight, the urge to kick yourself for missing them is simply unbearable.