Having low to no expectations before watching a movie, only to have those original notions subverted is an odd feelings. It creates a sense of jubilation, going from one extreme to another. There’s been quite a few movies I had no interest in, or expected nothing from, but one way or another found myself watching, only to be pleasantly surprised. I’ve cataloged a few movies that had me go from sigh to wow. I’m not saying everyone of these are great, just much better than I thought they’d be.
I expected a complete train wreck. The casting, voice work, production crew, and character design were dreadful. As a lifelong TMNT fan, I knew I’d see it, but prepared myself for disappointment. Surprisingly, I found myself enjoying it more than I thought. I found myself laughing at a few points and enthralled by most of the fights. Though there were still a myriad of problems, this wasn’t half bad.
Honestly, I don’t remember what brought me to the theater. I was with my wife. I don’t think we had the kids for the night and wanted to get out. Regardless, this was fantastic. By happenstance, I saw this twice in theaters (on a trip, downtime, etc.). This was one of my favorite movies from 2013, and one I highly recommend with the caveat being a dislike of dark humor, and fun.
3. Rise of the Planet of the Apes
I had no interest in this, seeing it on a plane ride after watching everything else that seemed appealing (Horrible Bosses– Ok, Cars 2 – terrible). From the story to the production and most importantly, the performances, I was blown away. I thought the Apes concept was limited with the original film, seeing no point in starting before it. After watching this, I eagerly anticipated the sequel (which didn’t disappoint), and can’t wait to see where the franchise goes next.
2. The Hangover
Humor changes with time. Every generation has their favorite comedies. I have mine. By the time The Hangover released, I was already starting to dislike modern ones. My friends forced me, nay drug me to this movie. I found nothing enticing with the trailer and didn’t want to waste my time. What a mistake. While the series had diminishing returns, the original was wonderfully done, perfectly showcasing the three leads.
1. Casino Royale
I hate Jame Bond. Don’t get me wrong, the premise can be interesting, but the goofy, over the top bits ruin it. I loved Goldeneye 007, the game, but not because of the character. When a friend suggested we watch Casino Royale, I refused, sighting all the reason why Bond is stupid. Once again, I was overruled (same group of friends mind you). Casino Royale was amazing. It ground Bond in reality, fixing many of the problems I had with the character. Quantum of Solace was a let down, one I attributed to the writers strike. Skyfall was god awful. Casino Royale was a one time deal.
I hope you enjoyed. Conversely, here’s a list of movies that did the opposite (looked good and completely sucked).
What movies surprised you? Do you have friends that force you to do stuff too? Comment below!
My friends are awesome jerks.