What’s with all the movie trailers using that same single piano note intro?

Hollywood's current fixation extends from The Force Awakens to Star Trek and even Beauty and the Beast...

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Just like the films they promote, movie trailers have always been very much of their time. I grew up in an era when they all, by law, had to feature a voiceover from a chain-smoker with bronchitis, beginning with the words “In a time of chaos, one man…”

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One of Hollywood’s current fixations seems to be a single, echoing piano note, played repeatedly over the opening scene…

An early adopter was The Force Awakens…

Fans liked it so much they even used it to make The Phantom Menace look good…

Of course, Ghostbusters had fun with it…

There was Captain America: Civil War…

Then, at the weekend, Star Trek Beyond jumped on the bandwagon…

And today (Monday), the new live action Beauty and the Beast managed to squeeze in the ominous opening tones, despite essentially being a remake of an animated Disney fairytale featuring a singing candelabra…

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Where will it end? Watch this space for the next Finding Dory trailer…