Movies can magically transport us to different worlds, elicit emotions, and challenge our perceptions. Sometimes, however, a film’s charm may not be apparent from the start, leaving one uncertain about continuing the journey. Here are twelve films members of an online forum disliked at the beginning but loved by the end.
1. Star Trek (2009)
A user shares how they expected it to be a horrible prequel but loved it by the halfway point. As the movie delved deeper into its plot and the cast found their footing, it transformed into a thrilling, action-packed adventure. The dynamic interactions between the characters and the nostalgic references to the original series brought a newfound appreciation for this revamped Star Trek journey.
2. One Cut of The Dead (2017)
One individual is thankful they were recommended to stick to the film for the first forty minutes. They comment, “I was ready to shut it off after the first five minutes, but I’m so glad I stuck around.” The film’s clever storytelling and unexpected twists took the initial confusion and turned it into sheer delight, leaving audiences raving about its cunning premise.
3. The Handmaiden (2016)
Initially, This film is a conventional period drama, complete with lavish costumes and elaborate settings. However, as the layers of narrative are peeled back, the audience is plunged into a world of intrigue, deception, and unexpected turns. The film surprises viewers with its intricate plot, transforming a seemingly “stuffy” drama into a riveting cinematic masterpiece.
4. Malignant (2021)
Malignant took an unconventional route, keeping its true nature and tone shrouded in mystery until the final act. Initially perceived as just another run-of-the-mill horror flick, the movie takes a surprising turn and reveals its self-awareness and dark humor.
5. La La Land (2016)
For those not naturally drawn to musicals, this might have seemed like an unlikely choice for a movie night. The opening traffic number could be jarring for some, but those who persisted were rewarded with an emotionally charged love story. One individual mentions by the end of it, he was crying alongside his wife.
6. Mulholland Drive (2001)
David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive has been praised for its enigmatic storytelling, but some viewers initially found the acting and narrative structure complicated. However, upon revisiting the film, its intricate layers and surreal brilliance became apparent.
7. Rogue One (2016)
As a standalone addition to the Star Wars saga, this film faced the challenge of living up to its iconic predecessors. The absence of a traditional opening crawl left some fans skeptical. Yet, as the plot unfolded, the film found its footing, and the emotional depth of the characters drew people in.
8. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)
This one encountered criticism for some of its early CGI sequences, which some felt were out of place. However, as the film progressed, the true essence of the story emerged, and its message about embracing life’s adventures struck a chord with viewers.
9. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)
The classic Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory may have a slower start, but once the golden ticket winners enter the magical chocolate factory, the movie bursts to life. The whimsical and fantastical elements come alive, captivating viewers.
10. The Goonies (1985)
The character’s initial chaotic and loud interactions might have been off-putting for those who missed out on watching this film during childhood. However, many embraced the film’s sense of adventure and nostalgia by giving it a second chance.
11. Pearl (2022)
Pearl might have had a rocky start for some, but as the plot and characters evolved, it won over its doubters and left them with a profound appreciation for its depth and storytelling. By the film’s end, what was once met with skepticism becomes a heartfelt cinematic journey that lingers in the minds of its viewers.
12. Emma (2020)
Emma plays a clever game with its audience right from the beginning. Most characters appear wooden and stilted, intentionally reflecting the protagonist’s perception of them as caricatures. Initially, this approach might have left viewers questioning the film’s artistic choices, but a pivotal moment, the “badly done” scene, brings a revelation.
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