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throwawayjoeyboots

I figured Mad Max Fury Road would be a bomb.


absentee82

'I don't want to go to the movie theatre to watch a bunch of fake dinosaurs in an amusement park.' Boy was I wrong.


bluejester12

Based on the trailer, the first Pirates of the Carribbean movie was a cheesy movie filled with painful one-liners.


quentin-coldwater

Well it was a cheesy movie filled with one-liners, it also just happened to be really fun and the one-liners weren't painful.


Stardustchaser

I find myself using “Ello, poppet” way too much…especially while gaming.


Worthyness

Parley?


Marsuello

“I’m disinclined to acquiesce to your request” is a fun one to use, followed by “means no” if someone doesn’t pick up on it


MuleGenie

Eh. I don't consider it too 'cheesy.' I consider it more tongue in cheek if anything. Self aware tongue in cheek. Every actor knew where to play it up or tone it down too (or was directed as such) When things got serious, they really got serious, even Jack (towards the end). And some of the lore/world building they did was genuinely decent, without cheese


Sweet-Satisfaction89

This is a good one, I remember feeling BAD for the movie when I saw the first promo. It was some promotional tie-in where the line was "and get free tickets to the HOT new movie, Pirates of the Carribean!" with a corny shot of movie pirates. It came across as a really desperate, straight-to-VHS kind of movie and I felt bad that they made this shitty movie and were desperately trying to market the turd. Turns out it's an instant classic. It was really just marketed poorly.


MacyTmcterry

Not only that but a movie that was based on a ride


must-love-dogs4

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs … it was actually good/funny and they took a short kids book and made a cute script out of it.


AFantasticClue

Cloudy had no right being as good as it was.


aronnyc

I thought the Harry Potter series would fail to lead to a franchise when the first movie came out.


naynaythewonderhorse

I mean, it was, and still is, a pretty ambitious project to undertake. They had to basically keep these kids in an apartment in an ongoing cycle of production for more than a decade. Like, what if one of the kids didn’t fit the role however man years down the line? There were so many what-ifs, and insane planning that must have gone into all of that. And yet, the cast remained consistent outside of the actors who played Dumbledore changing due to a death, as well as either Crabbe or Goyle(?) leaving because of an arrest. It’s pretty nuts. Yet, you never hear about the production of the films. Like, was there no drama behind the scenes? Are these people still friends? I know that some of the actors are annoyed at the stigma the roles got, and yet… It’s weird how little the franchise is discussed these days. Honestly. It’s the lore, the difference from the books, and “Snape was perfectly cast.” Very strange.


bobbybrown_

The movies are not perfect by any means, but it's overall pretty miraculous how much they were able to pull off.


russellamcleod

Neville Longbottom’s glow up is a great example of unexpected things with children growing up in a franchise. I don’t remember the books ever mentioning him becoming the Hogwarts hottie.


GuyKopski

It kinda works though, because Neville's arc in the books is about him starting out as a complete goober and slowly getting more capable and confident as the series progresses. Having him become more conventionally handsome in the later films helps underline that.


LastKnownWhereabouts

The actor had to wear prosthetics (fake teeth, fat suit, large shoes, things to make his ears stand out more), and he was still the hottest one in those last movies.


Southern_Radio5943

There’s a full Harry Potter behind the scenes series on HBO Max where they go into the production, the music, the casting, etc. It’s very good! I think there’s like 13 parts/episodes. They also have all eight of the movies streaming. Freeform and SyFy also have production/behind the scenes clips that run when it comes on tv, I think it’s called ‘Behind the Magic’ or something like that. Harry Potter is seen as a classic franchise that comes on tv multiple times a year so I think the production is just something your average viewers don’t really care about outside of the snippets they show when it comes on tv. I’m not sure what you mean by ‘the franchise isn’t discussed’ when it literally comes on at Christmas, Halloween, Valentine’s Day, and back to school time (September-ish) every year with extras lol. If you’re interested in more in depth production stuff or part of HP fandom tho I really recommend the BTS series on HBO Max.


DrNopeMD

The biggest miracle is that none of the child stars went off the deep end, they all ended up fairly well adjusted thanks to decent parents and good role models on set. I know Daniel Radcliffe has talked about being a functional alcoholic during some of the later films, but he also sobered up and kicked the habit before the series ended I believe.


altiuscitiusfortius

They are still friends. They grew up together, working together, going to school together. I 9nly follow emma watson, but she's always caught by paparazzi visiting other cast members and they always mention each other in social media posts and jokes.


Nouseriously

I bet casting was mostly "which kid won't become a druggie or a diva in the next decade" over who had the talent.


adrianvedder1

Everyone involved in production mentioned through every single movie how much of a mindblowing event was the casting, cause all the roles were cast by Chris Colombus (who, let’s remember, is STILL best known just as the guy who made Home Alone), and I think he has mentioned that at the time he didn’t care about “down the road”, he just wanted to make a good movie with good actors. I hope he gets a yearly check of like a million dollars from WB thanking him for his service. He’s the single most decisive factor that the franchise works. What a boss.


Klotzster

Edge of Tomorrow - Not a Tom Cruise fan, and the previews looked goofy, but I love that movie


Ethersphere

Made me an Emily blunt fan also. This and Sicario anyway. Keep hoping she hops back in those roles.


CSGOan

I have watched that movie maybe 5 times. It's so damn entertaining.


Jimmy_Aztec

Michael Keaton as Batman.


prestron

I have this imaginary alternate history where Michael Keaton still did comedy in the 80s, still did Beetlejuice in 88, but was then cast as the Joker instead of Jack Nicholson. I totally think he could have done it, but I'm very happy with how things turned it.


buttery_shame_cave

I'm absolutely on board with him as the joker, but who would be batman in this scenario?


prestron

I haven't thought a lot about this, but I'm thinking Kurt Russell. He was great in the 80s and 90s, can be totally badass, and could even do the doofus Bruce Wayne if they wanted that approach.


buttery_shame_cave

And outside of his john carpenter stuff his resume would have gotten him the same response as Keaton


5-On-A-Toboggan

Dead serious answer: Tom Selleck He never made it to A list movie star status, but he was almost Indiana Jones. He had the presence, voice, build, and jawline to be a believable Batman and Bruce Wayne. Of course the mustache has to go - though the retired Wayne in Frank Miller's Dark Night Returns did have one briefly prior to suiting up again. https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/d/dc/Tom_Selleck_1989.jpg/800px-Tom_Selleck_1989.jpg


Mister_Rogers69

Tom Selleck 15 years ago would’ve been the perfect Omni Man for an Invincible movie


psychobilly1

They apparently tried to get Pierce Brosnan but he said he didn't want to play a comic book hero. I could totally see him in the role, especially as Bruce Wayne. Mel Gibson? He was pretty popular then. Tom Cruise? He'd have to play a younger Batman like what Robert Pattison is doing now, but maybe. I'm not sure how he would mesh with the tone of the film though.


prestron

All the actors we're talking about have fantastic chins.


psychobilly1

I tried to google pictures of them in 1989 and held a piece of paper across their face to help me visualize them in the cowl.


cardinalbuzz

There’s this weird association with Pattinson and youth. He’s older than Christian Bale was in Batman Begins…


psychobilly1

Holy shit, I didn't even know. That's so strange. He just *looks* younger to me. Or Bale looked older then.


MoseSchruteJunior

Alec Baldwin was supposedly on the short list to be Batman.


RageCageJables

It would be like Beetlejuice sequel. He does have the perfect voice for it.


moviesetmonkey

The Green Mile. I could not fathom how they could get all the nuances of emotion from the book


BAGStudios

With its cousin Shawshank Redemption, I didn’t think I needed to watch it because “it’s just a prison movie, what could I possibly be missing?” I was wrong.


Coconut-bird

I love King and I found the Shawshank novella boring and really lacking in story. I was shocked when the movie was nominated for an Oscar. I went to see it and was blown away. One of the few movies I prefer to the book. (I’m one of the rare ones that likes the Shining book way more than the movie)


cookeroo_901

I like the book so much more than the movie. And I do like the movie. The book is just completely different to me.


JFunkX

Agreed. I do like how Doctor Sleep (movie) used some of the first book's ending.


brettmgreene

Trust Frank Darabont; in addition to The Green Mile and Shawshank Redemption, he also directed another Stephen King story, The Mist.


imfake7905

Holmes & Watson. Any movie that has Ferrell and Reilly can't be that bad....


towcar

That movie is so bad, I almost believe it was done on purpose. Someone screening the film had to stop and think. This is a burning piece of shit with zero redeemable qualities.


Greywolf2117

I'm someone said it. I was looking forward to it. Talladega nights? Step brothers? I mean, Holmes & Watson should be an obvious. But man, the jokes were obnoxious, annoying, lazy, and so low brow that it made the last two look like Shakespeare.


pmalleable

We saw it on a whim with very low expectations thinking it would just be dumb fun. Even that mindest didn't prepare us.


PantsyFants

I wrote a final paper for a class on the 21st Century Blockbuster in which I argued that Dwayne Johnson was going to be the biggest movie star.in Hollywood within five years. I would've been right if I hadn't written it in 2002 before Walking Tall, The Rundown, Be Cool, Gridiron Gang, Southland Tales and pretty much every movie he did for a while completely tanked at the box office


leastlyharmful

It’s honestly amazing that he turned around his career to the extent that he did. A lot of people don’t bounce back from even one flop.


PedanticPaladin

He changed agents and everything turned around for him.


filthysize

His old one told him to lose his muscles and slim down because they believed that what 2000s audiences wanted in action heroes was more Matt Damon than Sly Stallone. After he fired them he got as huge as possible, and voila.


PedanticPaladin

Makes sense: when all the action stars look like normal guys you stand out by being The Rock; when all the actions starts look jacked as hell you stand out by being Bruce Willis.


VrinTheTerrible

The Rundown and Walking Tall are both great fun action movies, box office notwithstanding


SanctimoniousSally

I actually think that Walking Tall may be my favorite movie of his but I originally grew up in Washington so I identify with a lot of the story. Johnson is definitely one of those actors who I think is pretty good but not amazing but I will still watch basically anything he is in. The guy makes movies that provide a good time.


linuxhiker

Frankly, he carries even bad movies well due to his innate charisma. I love watching him


chadwicke619

This is probably the biggest stretch in here in the sense that it wasn’t really wrong.


patrickwithtraffic

Time scale was significantly off and was a huge low point in The Rock's career, but ignoring that, yeah, dead on.


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Yeah, imagine you were the teacher of that class or another student. Thinking back, you're not going to remember boy was that guy's take really wrong because his time scale was off. You're going to think damn he had good intuition.


patrickwithtraffic

Absolutely, it's like how no one remembers *The Big Short* guys were off by like a year, just that they were right in the end.


flyinbryan4295

And really the only reason they were of was because of the corruption of the incestuous financial sector.


DirectorOfFood22

I thought The Last Duel would do a hell of a lot better than $4.5 million on its opening weekend


nutsotic

In hindsight, it looks like a no brainer. It's a period piece drama sandwiched between Venom and Dune, released the same day as a Halloween in October, during a pandemic. Doesn't matter how good the movie is at that point, it never had a chance


NedthePhoenix

Unfortunately, I'm not sure when else they could release it. Maybe they could have waited until November, but then they end up in the shadow of Eternals.


DirectorOfFood22

September would have been good imo. The only big movie was Shang-Chi and that came out in the very first week of the month. If The Last Duel released in the middle of the month, it would have 2 weeks to maximize its returns before the October onslaught.


purplekiren

That’s usually early enough that it’s not fresh in voters’ minds come awards season, and I imagine the studio is hoping this gets more consumer attention if it gets Oscar nominations.


el_t0p0

Late December/early January would have been a good spot.


Minimum_Standard_704

The old people who would be interested in this movie probably went to watch No Time to Die instead.


Way2Intenz

That's what I went to see. But then the next 2 movies on the agenda are Halloween and then Dune


LittleLisaCan

I blame Matt Damon's mullet


grameno

As catty as this is I wonder honestly how many potential viewers were like “ Matt Damon mullet and Ben Affleck blond? Pass.”


pancakeNate

I'm a fairly casual movie fan- I didn't even hear of it until just before opening weekend, when I saw a preview for it at a movie I was already seeing. The preview left me confused about whether or not it would be any good. It wasn't until hearing discussion of it over the last few days that I decided that I'm going to watch it, ~~but I'll be streaming it on HBO.~~ Edit: I was misinformed about its current streaming status


TheRavingRaccoon

It doesn’t help that my local theater only had 2 showings per day, opening weekend, whereas Shang Chi, which had been out over a month, had six showings per day. It feels like the theaters made it bomb by restricting access, I swear


goteamnick

I'm going to guess that each showing of Shang Chi probably sold more tickets than each showing of The Last Duel.


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Shame it bombed. It's a great movie.


DirectorOfFood22

Yeah, I think the general premise of the movie and the awful choice of release date really hurt it. I hope it's not overlooked during awards season cuz of how it's crashed and burned at the box office. Jodie Comer's performance, the screenplay, and costume design should all be nailed-on nominations.


awwnuts07

Tom Cruise as Lestat in Interview With The Vampire. All the book's fans and **especially** Anne Rice did not want him in the role, but he proved he was the right person for the job. The man totally killed it as Lestat even if he doesn't fit the image.


MattsAwesomeStuff

Serious question... When has Tom Cruise ever been miscast? He's such a professional, he excels wherever he's put.


manbearpig923

His role in Tropic Thunder was fucking amazingly hilarious. Out of left field, and he nailed it


BellEpoch

Remember when we all thought Tom was crazy. And then Kanye took the mic.


Mrgreen37

After that disastrous first trailer I was fully convinced that the recent Sonic movie would be a colossal flop


dragonphlegm

It probably would have been if they didn’t reanimate it and change the appearance


punchbricks

It honestly had no right being as good as it was


socialistRanter

It’s a fun little romp. It’s not going to be on my top 10 list but I will recommend it


nottellinganyonemyna

I was 100% convinced that Prometheus was going to be as genre defining as Alien. It’s still got one of the greatest trailers I’ve ever seen. Edit: wrote this is a reply to a comment below - but I thought I’d paste it here. The question was just WHY is Prometheus so hated. My personal opinion: So Prometheus as it’s stands as a standalone film actually isn’t *that* bad. It’s got excellent performances, amazing design and visual effects, the music is outstanding, and it tackles some nice big scifi ideas - albeit a little clumsily. However - its not judged as just a cool scifi movie - it’s judged as the return to the Alien universe by Ridley Scott. Alien is a very rare film, because it took a genre of story that was never really taken seriously by Hollywood, and catapulted it into the forefront of entertainment. Like what Star Wars did for the space adventure, Alien did for scifi horror. The easiest way to depict its immense mark on the world of film is to imagine a genre that nobody really takes seriously… something like a teenage romantic comedy. Now imagine that - virtually out of nowhere - a film comes out that shows the world that the teenage romantic comedy can be actual ART. It can be Oscar winning material. Something to study for it’s structure, world building, and command of the language of film. Now imagine that for 3 DECADES, hundreds of people have tried to create something similar to that genre defining film. Thousands of movies have come out - some directly trying to copy its mood, others clearly taking influence from everthing from the sound design to the costumes… and still, everything is compared to it. It is the perfect definition of THAT genre. Now - 3 decades later - the original creator of THAT film says that he is coming back, not only to the genre (which he hasn’t even tried to enter into since that film) - but to create the PREQUEL to that movie. The man now has 3 extra decades of experience under his belt, and the financial backing to make ANYTHING. As a fan of the film, you’d shit yourself. As a fan of the genre itself - you’d shit yourself. As a fan of film… well, you get the idea. Now - imagine that the film he comes out with is… well it’s ok. It’s ‘Shes all that’. It’s got some quirks… some idea that may stick. But that’s it. And that’s Prometheus. It’s sold under the guise of nostalgia. Even the trailer is a copy of the original trailer for Alien. And it delivered something that was - to be honest - just fine.


shf500

Another movie I was really looking towards...until the reviews came out :(


spinereader81

I thought there'd be more people would hit superhero burnout from the constant barrage of superhero movies, shows, and merchandise, and the studios would be forced to space these movies out more to keep public interest and assure none get lost in the shuffle.


pmalleable

I got superhero burnout pretty early, and I still don't feel like I ever need to see another Marvel movie. But my wife occasionally talks me into watching one and, dammit, they're usually pretty good.


SakuOtaku

Now that Infinity War and Endgame are over I'm content just watching whatever at my own pace. Dodging spoilers for a year and a half was just a stressful experience


PeachesPower

I was incredibly confident that Frozen would bomb. I saw the ads and thought it would be some generic animated dreck for the kiddos to go see during the holidays. I could not have been more wrong


Drunky_McStumble

I swear that everyone's forgotten that the trailers pre-release focused heavily on *Olaf* of all characters. It was basically advertising a completely different movie about a goofy-looking anthropomorphic snowman making constant pratfalls and singing dumb songs with puns about melting or whatever with a couple of token human sidekicks in tow. It literally looked like it was aimed at kindergartners. The trailers only really changed to focus on the, you know, *actual* main characters and plot of the story once the film was released and word-of-mouth got out.


RaddialFox

I was one of those that didn’t see Chris Evans playing Captain America. But then he turned out to be the only one who have played him.


daughtcahm

Same. "That guy who plays the douchy asshole in everything?!" ...and he waltzes onto the screen and just *is* Cap.


RaddialFox

For me, thats when I knew the new Marvel movies would work. And casting has been their secret weapon ever since.


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Robofetus-5000

I was 100% with you on that. Shit, as a long time marvel fan, i didnt think there would be anyway that Captain America wasn't going to be a total joke. Turns out he was easily one of best parts of the last decade in the MCU.


wakejedi

A 3rd Thor movie? Prob gonna suck...


Sharkerftw

My fav Marvel movie of all. I’m so glad they let Chris Hemsworth be funny.


nutsotic

Jupiter Ascending was gonna be bigger than the Matrix...


justirrelephant

Lost all credibility with my spouse for movie night picks with this.


delrove

I knew nothing about this movie other than that it was being written by the Wachowskis. My friend was crazy excited to go see this movie with me, though, so I went in with open expectations. I just remember after we walked out at the end, I was laughing deliriously and my friend just had this thousand-yard stare... It was a Bad movie. I recommend it to all of my friends now.


brebs21

My best friend was super excited for this one. It’s the only movie I debated walking out of. Thankfully she hasn’t picked a bad movie since


VrinTheTerrible

Ouch


nutsotic

I know


Bearjupiter

Spider-Man 3 —— I HYPED this movie for months in high school and got a group of casual fans together for opening night. Many walked out. Felt personally responsible and embarrassed for the bad time haha


Mcclane88

I was beyond hyped for that film upon its release.


Bearjupiter

As someone who started following the movie industry as a hobby with LOTR, Spider-Man 3 was the first movie where I distinctly became aware of studio meddling


RandomGuyWithStick

I did the same for Batman & Robin Schwarzenegger as Mr Freeze? This will be the best one yet!


narrill

Fits the thread for sure, but I wouldn't say you were wrong to be hyped. Spiderman 2 is still one of the greatest super hero movies ever made.


SaveMeDatCorn

21 Jump Street Seemed like another attempt at the studios cashing in on a known brand. Also Channing Tatum in a comedy? Felt like it was destined to fail from the beginning... Little did I know 21 and 22 Jump Street would become one of the funniest double features in last 15 years.


FoucaultsPudendum

22 Jump Street coming out and being just as good as, if not a little bit better than, the original was another huge shock. I almost always hate comedy sequels but 22JS is one of like 3 exceptions


Damnappsanyway

I agree, especially [this scene](https://youtu.be/kxCkgCwyVvY) I had a hard time breathing I was laughing so hard and long just at Channing Tatum in this scene, had to pause the movie.


leodw

“He’s black, he’s been through a lot” man the dinner scene is still my favorite


Hooterdear

*The Social Network* "A movie about facebook? Seriously?! Hollywood has run out of ideas." It's one of my favorite Fincher movies.


maxmouze

Everyone on the Internet was saying “I don’t want to watch a movie about the making of Facebook” but the initial movie poster was just a list of the 80 publications that gave it four stars. I knew it would be special because of that.


crazydave333

I figured it was going to be some schmaltzy ad for "The Facebook Generation" with them sucking their own dicks on how they've brought friends and families across generations together to post obnoxious shit and kid pictures to their feeds. Was delighted it was so much more cynical than that. My "fuck boy bands" policy towards Justin Timberlake also melted with this movie. He's really good.


MrSpindles

It's an absolute corker of a movie. Every scene is so tight, so perfect, there is literally not an ounce of fat I would cut. Soundtrack is also an all time classic as far as I'm concerned.


QFDRKF

Fincher + Reznor/Ross is an all time pairing


AreWeCowabunga

I thought Starship Troopers was going to be total trash. Low expectations probably helped me love it even more when I finally saw it.


RodJohnsonSays

Impressionable 10-year-old-me put [Denise Richards](https://gfycat.com/smallphysicalfrogmouth-starship-troopers-denise-richards) at my all-time \#1 after that movie - where she's remained to this day.


TheBrendanReturns

Dina Meyer all the way baby.


Jaggedmallard26

That shower scene awakened things in young me. Also left me incredibly confused about what citizenship was.


TheBrendanReturns

I told my mum she wasn't a citizen because she never served in the military.


FallsOfPrat

I went and saw that opening night at the Cinerama Dome in Hollywood and after the movie was over, Casper Van Dien was in the lobby handing out signed copies of the book. Still have mine! Edit: [Here](https://imgur.com/HW7ZNgN) [it is](https://imgur.com/rxdZQTa) for the curious.


ChineseWh1sper

Fkn love that movie. Saw it twice in the cinema.


wilsonw

I thought Green Lantern was going to be an amazing space opera that would launch the new DC Universe of films.


DalekGriff

This one hurts. An early draft of the script was leaked around 2008, and it was really good. It was still used as the basis of the finished film, but the execution in the initial draft was much better (Sinestro’s arc in particular was a highlight). That, combined with the hype surrounding the GL comics at the time (which were cited as an influence), really made it seem like it’d be something special


ThorsMightyBackhand

I still see potential in the movie when I rewatch it. I think thematically they nail it. Being human has weaknesses, but you shouldn't underestimate the human spirit. A lot of execution errors otherwise.


Solidus82

GL has some of the best lore/source material. I dont know how they screwed it up so badly.


Onequestion0110

*cries


IceyPattyB

Uncut Gems The hype made me skeptical. Not only did I enjoy Sandler’s performance, but I was very engulfed into the story throughout most the film. Really enjoyed it.


BobTheTomato67

I had high expectations because of the Safdie Brothers other film Good Time. I loved Uncut Gems even more.


IceyPattyB

Watching Uncut Gems influenced me to watch their other films, and that in turn has made me excited for Patterson’s Batman haha


BelovedApple

I remember thinking Dark Phoenix could not be any worse than their last attempt at phoenix... God fox completely fucked up those last few X-Men movies with the exception of logan. A shame we likely will not get a movie like that again in the marvel universe.


SnuggleMonster15

I thought Creed was going to be garbage.


Max_W_

I remember thinking "Oh great, another Rocky movie. " Glad to see it was better.


skibidido

The Social Network maybe. So David Fincher, the director of movies like Fight Club, Se7en and Zodiac, is making a Facebook movie starring Jesse Eisenberg and Justin Timberlake? That's gonna suck.


supremedalek925

The trailers for Scott Pilgrim Vs the World made it look like trash which is why I didn’t see it in theaters. I ended up loving it after seeing it later


dtudeski

“I think garlic bread would have to be my favourite all-time food. I could eat it for every meal. Or just constantly, without stopping.” “Then you'd get fat.” “No, why would I get fat?” “Because bread makes you fat.” “Bread makes you fat?!”


TheFergusLife

“Chicken isn’t vegan?”


DrBimboo

You know these stupid comment threads that just post a movies quotes one after another, for no apparent reason? One could probably make one that's just the whole movie for Scott Pilgrim.


dtudeski

I have to go pee due to boredom.


Visulth

Man, I saw The Expendables and Scott Pilgrim in theatres the same day -- and suffice to say I did not expect Scott Pilgrim to be the better action movie and Expendables to be a forgettable slog. At the time, Expendables was being marketed as the triumphant return of so many legendary action heroes and it's like..... did they see the movies that cemented them as action heroes?! Because Expendables was nothing like any of their landmark films, completely devoid of charisma, well-shot action, etc.


jaxbrown93

That Indiana Jones and The Crystal Skull would be better than the Dark Knight. I doubt most people even remember they premiered in the same summer.


frenchtoast_assassin

I didn't have very high hopes when I first saw the trailer to Shang-Chi. I never thought it would have done as well as it has.


bowserslilbitch

The lego movie was one I also had mixed opinions about. Thought it was a cash cow with little effort and had extreme doubts about Chris Pratt, but it's awesome. This year, my biggest was definitely Shang Chi. I was in a Marvel rut because they'd released so much content, but my friends invited me to go. I wasn't especially interested and thought it was just gonna be another of the same sort of thing we'd seen all year. However, the comedy was actually funny, the action sequences incredible and the mix of mythology and superheroes was amazing


Professional_Path397

*Guardians of the Galaxy*… At that time, I did enjoy *The Avengers* but I was not really all that familiar with all of the Marvel Comics. I remember I was dragged to that movie and I thought it was going to be SOO stupid (a talking sassy raccoon…REALLY?!)… I was blown away. It was such an enjoyable experience for me the entire time and the soundtrack is one of the best in my opinion. With the exception of *Infinity War*, it’s definitely my favorite of the individual Marvel movies.


Onequestion0110

I thought the same thing. Starring the dude from *Parks & Rec* didn't help either. Sat down, watched the death/abduction scene get followed up by the dance number in the ruin and I knew this was something special.


InternetGoodGuy

This is mine as well. I kept thinking, during Marvel's unstoppable run of success, they would eventually get to characters the average movie goer didn't know or care about. I never much cared for Gaurdians in the comics and I figured their origin story would be too weird to capture the interest of enough people. After that movie blew up, I realized I wouldn't question Marvel or Disney ever again.


bozoconnors

Heh, funnily, not much of a comic guy, but did acquire a couple of issues of Marvel Universe somehow (kind of an encyclopedia in comic book format with dossiers of Marvel characters - late 80's?), and one of my favorites was Rocket. Never expected *him* to make it to the spotlight!


FallsOfPrat

Yes! That’s another one! A talking raccoon and sentient tree? What even is this?!


ZombieJesus1987

When Guardians of the Galaxy was announced I thought that it would be the movie that killed people's interest in superhero movies. Ended up being everyone's favourite


FlingaNFZ

Didnt think Thor Ragnarok would be that good based on the fact that Thor and Thor 2 werent.


SanctimoniousSally

I kind of agree with this. I liked the first Thor movie but the 2nd one was just awful so I was pretty sure Ragnarok wouldn't be any good either but it surprised the shit out of me. It is definitely one of my favorites if not my favorite MCU movie (I am also a big fan of Civil War). Taika Waititi really did an outstanding job with that movie. It completely turned the whole Thor storyline around.


avocadosconstant

Thor 1 was *okay*. Thor 2 was really boring. It was obvious that it was written by a committee. Just churning out the necessary plot points to set up the next Marvel movies. Film was flat, dull and uninspired. Thor 3 was *awesome*. It was apparent that somebody was in the right mind that there needed to be a major shakeup. They did a complete and necessary 180 there.


Throwmaster7614

I would not have thought John Wick would be that successfull nor even get sequels, but i am also not that big of an action fan.


RGavial

John Wick is a basic action movie at its core, but the technical/cinematography aspects of the "gun fu" and fighting scenes are what make it entertaining. I see it as somewhat of a modern take on mechanical focus of classic kung fu.


B-A-B-Y_baby

I thought Nicolas Cage was done making good movies. Then in the last 4 years he made Mom and Dad, Mandy, Color out of Space, Prisoners of the Ghostland, and now the AMAZING Pig!


Kodst3rGames

Watched Mandy just last night, still on the comedown


No-Investigator-1754

I won't say it was good, but he was a *lot* of fun to watch in Willy's Wonderland that just came out.


psychobilly1

Blade Runner 2049. A 30 year sequel to a cult film coming out of nowhere for seemingly no reason. The initial trailers at least promised me that it would look stunning and retain the iconic aesthetic, but the scenes they showed were largely the action scenes and the set pieces. I was fully expecting a light action detective film with a Blade Runner skin and not much else. I ate much crow when the reviews came out and I got to see it in theaters. It's such a circlejerked film, but as a sequel to Blade Runner alone, it is absolutely fantastic. I've never been more happy to be wrong about a film.


ChanceVance

It was one of those films that would have had all the usual lines "Who was asking for this?!" and "This doesn't need to be made!" but it turned out to be brilliant. I don't care if it's a circlejerked film. I can only speak to my experience watching it and I was in awe of it the first time I saw it in theatres.


phantasmicorgasmic

Same, and also tacking on Fury Road.


bozoconnors

Was also skeptical as skeptical gets. That it was even... watchable, much less arguably better than the original? Amazing feat. Already got tix for Dune. In Denis we trust.


laterdude

*Cry Macho* would be a big hit as audiences would view it as Clint Eastwood's swan song. The dude is 91 after all and can't keep acting forever. I was also wrong about *Richard Jewell* tapping into conservative mistrust of the media.


Sormaj

Eastwood was able to really capture the conservative audience with American Sniper, and then seemingly hasn’t been able to recreate that


NedthePhoenix

Problem is, Eastwood feels like he's had multiple swan songs at that point.


VrinTheTerrible

Honestly, he should have retired after Gran Torino. The way he went out in that movie was perfect.


MrFluffyhead80

I had no idea how they could ever do a live action transformers and the first one really was amazing to me The rest I didn’t care for


Untitled-2017

I was sure that the Jumanji remake was going to be awful


SanctimoniousSally

Someone else on this subreddit mentioned the reason why the new Jumanji movies work is because it is its own thing based on the same premise. It's not trying to be the original (even though it gives a well deserved nod to Alan Parrish) and its funny and entertaining on its own merits. Like you, I was also expecting it to be awful, but honestly I think it stands on its own and is a good time even if you connect it back to the original.


RobinStanleyHicks

That Star Wars was going to be just another Sci-fi B movie (I saw it in the theater).


bellynipples

I thought Trick ‘r Treat was going to be a low budget cheese fest but it’s now my #1 horror movie that we watch traditionally this time of year.


SandObvious

Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story came out in a time of really, really bad parodies and I thought it was going to just be the same tired parody. It’s a total home run in my opinion and I would go so far as to say it may be the best music biopic


ViolentAmbassador

I thought the trailers for Mad Max Fury Road looked terrible, and almost skipped it in theaters because of that.


Swankified_Tristan

I hadn't heard of Mad Max before "Fury Road" and my manager told me he was taking his wife to see it. He told me that it was the fourth installment with the last entry being from the 80s. I thought to myself, "poor guy. That movie's probably gonna be really disappointing."


sudevsen

The Comic-Con trailer is my favorite movie trailer of all time


el_t0p0

Weird. I still think the trailer with Verdi's Dies Irae is probably the most hyped a trailer ever had me get, and I had no experience with Mad Max before.


Average_Ant_Games

I thought Kick ass was going to be some super bad version of a super hero movie. Boy was I glad to be TOTALLY WRONG on that one. The trailers for that movie totally did it a disservice


ScavyPants

As a kid, I was *not good* at picking movies to see. Two examples: I had to pick a movie for my brother and I to watch while my parents caught some grown-up movie. My choices were *Ghostbusters* or *Leonard Part 6*. I chose… poorly. We were visiting my uncle and he wanted to take us to a movie. He suggested *E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial*. I insisted on *Firefox* (Clint Eastwood spy “thriller”). Two hours of Clint pretending to be Russian in dark setting followed by a few minutes of some jet fighter action. My uncle took pity on us and we saw *E.T.* the next day. I have never picked a movie without checking reviews since then.


SlowMoNo

I half-heartedly started watching The Suicide Squad (2021) thinking that I’d turn it off after a few minutes. Two hours later and I still had a big, goofy grin on my face. It’s probably the most fun I’ve had watching a movie this year.


PklRik

I’m from the US and lived briefly in China when Inception came out. The guy at the theater told me it had subtitles…but they were Korean (which I don’t speak). I wasn’t not going to watch it - so for 2 years until I saw it again in English I had built in my head a completely different story and it was so hilariously off. Not an exact answer to the question, but a funny situation nonetheless.


Objective-Barnacle87

Probably Into the Spider-Verse. I just wanted Marvel to fully gain the rights back after ASM2 and I was really cynical and jaded about their desire to milk the character into its own universe, and an animated film on top of that seemed to be a step too far. Even though I love animation, I think because there’d been no precedent for a theatrical comic book film bar Mask of the Phantasm, I just saw it as over saturation. And okay, their venom films kinda proved me right on this, aside from Tom Hardy giving it 150%, they’re exactly the kind of unnecessary, superfluous cash grabbers that Sony so desperately needs to stay afloat. But then Into the Spider-Verse turned out to be a masterpiece, in every aspect. In my opinion the best Spider-Man film ever made. A seminal moment for the genre. If you’d told me this when they announced it I wouldn’t have believed you. Not one iota. Having said that I’m very nervous for the sequel.


VrinTheTerrible

Batman vs. Superman with Wonder Woman, Flash, Cyborg and Aquaman cameos was going to be a can’t miss hit. Oy.


VrinTheTerrible

I was sure Ben Affleck would be awful as Batman. Of all the problems BvS and Justice League had (and there are many), he’s not one of them.


Max_W_

I'm still sad we're not getting a solo Afflect Batman movie. Though "The Batman" looks good.


creptik1

Yeah he was actually kind of perfect, I was disappointed there won't be more Batfleck. But yeah The Batman looks nuts so it seems like it's in good hands.


mksavage1138

Fun fact: I got to see a screening of Robocop before it was released. (They didn't even have all the ED 209 scenes done and often had title card placeholders for scenes to be inserted later). I loved it even in that state, and when it came time for our written responses, I had 2 replies: 1) the violence was great, but perhaps a bit TOO much, 2) the name is amazingly stupid! I have since changed my mind on point 1, but still stick by point 2!


CreatiScope

What would you retitle it? Officer Metal?


Dudephish

Robert O'Cop


Splitsurround

Both came out around the same time: I thought "sphere" was gonna be a big hit, and that "titanic" would bomb.


squeakyrhino

I remember thinking Children of Men sounded like a really stupid premise for a movie


MrSpindles

Really? I love it and often felt you could make multiple different movies using the same premise and still tell lots of very different stories.


squeakyrhino

Well I was clearly wrong lol


chadwicke619

I thought Man Of Steel was going to redefine what a superhero movie could be. I thought it was going to break records.


Yung_Soba

Back in college my roommate was trying to convince me to watch Snowpiercer. He was into some campy stuff so when I heard the rest of humanity was stuck on a train in forever winter I had low expectations. I was on the edge of my seat from start to finish, and now it's up there as one of my favorite movies.


maxmouze

“American Beauty” promoted itself as a teen movie on MTV focusing on Thora Birch’s character in the trailer. Young people who saw it were telling me it was “pretty good.” The next thing I know, it wins Best Picture and is the star of Oscar night. I also thought “Fight Club” was some violent film and that was it. I didn’t think it had any plot but men fighting in an underground club. I knew it was based on a book but I thought it meant some serious novel like you’d read in English class. Now I’ve read every Chuck Palahniuk book and realize what that film was adapting — like the running motif of “This is Jack’s desk” and all his literary stylings. Granted, both these films came out when movies were just a recreational thing and I didn’t know much about cinema. It took a while to interpret film on a deeper level.