For me, most of the time it’s “love at first sight” when it comes to movies. I fell in love with most of my favorite movies — like “Star Wars,” “Indiana Jones” and “Casino Royale” — within the first 10 minutes of screen time, and I loved these movies just as much the dozens of times I’ve watched them since. 🙂 And if a movie makes a bad first impression, that’s usually not going to change.
However, there are several movies that are now on my list of favorites that didn’t “wow” me when I first watched them. It wasn’t until I watched them a second (or even third!) time that something clicked, and I changed my original opinion of them. Here are some of the movies I liked more the second time, and I’d also love to hear what movies you love now that you maybe didn’t love the first time you watched them.
Pacific Rim (2013)
The first time I watched Guillermo del Toro’s giant robots vs. giant alien monsters sci-fi movie “Pacific Rim,” I enjoyed it, but as I walked out of the theater I couldn’t escape a lingering sense of disappointment. It was a fun movie, but the characters and plot/dialogue weren’t quite as deep as I’d been hoping for.
But then, I went back to watch the movie in IMAX 3-D and found I enjoyed it more and had a better understanding of the effect del Toro was going for. Sure, we could probably argue that the movie would have been even better with stronger character development or dialogue, but it’s just so much fun that it’s hard not to get caught up in del Toro’s enthusiasm. And the spectacularly over-the-top action sequence in the film’s middle act — which features one of those giant robots using a full-size ship to fight a monster — is just plain awesome. 😉
While “Monsters, Inc.” is my favorite, I love almost all of Pixar’s computer animated films. However, I wasn’t a big fan of “Wall-E” — at least, not at first. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from it, so maybe that’s why it didn’t click the first time. It’s very sparse in terms of dialogue, and it has a different tone and type of characters than previous Pixar films.
Eventually, the story about a curious trash compacting robot did win me over, and I came to like the film’s unique charm. Like all Pixar films, the animation is gorgeous, and the film’s message is relevant without being too heavy-handed.
Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
It’s hard to believe it now — especially since I am obsessed with all things British 😉 — but I didn’t really get “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” the first time I tried to watch it (it was either back in high school or early college, I believe). I don’t think I made it all the way through the movie, either.
But when I re-watched it again several years later, after my BBC and British comedy obsession was in full swing, I realized what I’d been missing out on. The movie is a collection of hilarious, offbeat medieval sketches sprinkled with infinitely quotable dialogue. It’s now earned a prominent place in my DVD collection. 🙂
The Wrath of Khan (1982)
I know, I know, this movie shouldn’t even be on this list, because I should have appreciated it the first time. 😉 Yet it actually took me a while to cross over to the “Trek” side. “The Wrath of Khan” is generally considered by fans to be the best of the “Star Trek” movies, but I’ve always been more of a “Star Wars” fan.
It wasn’t until J.J. Abrams’ 2009 “Star Trek” reboot that the “Star Trek” franchise finally clicked for me, and my poor friends and family members haven’t heard me quit talking about it since. 😉 After Abrams, I went back and re-watched other Trek movies/episodes, and I found I’d gained a new appreciation for them. Abrams’ movie was the point of entry I’d needed into the franchise. The original characters, such as Kirk, Spock and McCoy, remain my favorites, and I now love both “Wrath of Khan” and “Into Darkness.”