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Any movies or shows you had low expectations for that then really pleasantly surprised you when you gave it a chance?

The commercials for How To Train Your Dragon made it look like the most childish drivel I'd seen in ages. I reluctantly accompanied my little brother to see it in theaters and was shocked at how good it was. It's become one of my favorite animated films.

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I can think of a couple of those for me

John Wick.
Expected it to be bad, wasnt really looking forward to it. Keanu Reeves was pretty much a washed up actor at the time, nothing from the trailers made me think the film would stand out in any way, shape or form. Came out and was a blast.

I had zero hopes for anything directed by MNightShylaman at that point. Wasnt even planning on watching Split until the critical reception convinced me otherwise.
Shame Glass wasnt as good.

Gorgeous Women Of Wrestling? Didnt care for it one bit. Watched just recently because a friend recommended it constantly. Loved it. Shame it was cancelled after only 3 seasons.

Bojack Horseman.
The animation style repelled me at first. And yet, now it is my favorite animated show ever. 10/10.

There are usually one or two movies each year I watch that I'd classify under this. I collect badges on IMDb for the yearly top 250 and yearly Oscars, so end up forcing myself to watch at least a handful of films each year that I wouldn't otherwise watch, don't particularly want to watch, and don't think I'll enjoy at all. But some of them end up being a pleasant surprise.

So as examples, the films I enjoyed from the 2021 Oscar badge list but didn't expect to:

  • The Father - 7/10
  • Promising Young Woman - 7/10

And from the 2020 Oscar badge list:

  • Parasite - 7/10
  • Ford v Ferrari - 6/10
  • Bombshell - 6/10

In terms of ones I ended up really enjoying, despite not expecting them to be good:

  • Flashbacks of a Fool - 9/10
  • Into the Wild - 9/10
  • Million Dollar Baby - 9/10
  • Whiplash - 9/10
  • The Hurt Locker - 9/10
  • Inside Out - 9/10
  • Moneyball - 9/10
  • C.R.A.Z.Y. - 9/10
  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri - 9/10
  • Hachi: A Dog's Tale - 9/10 (floods of tears)
  • The Intouchables - 9/10

Dark Matter. It actually got quite enjoyable after a while. Of course as always with Sci-fi tv, as soon as something gets good it gets cancelled.

Love and Monsters, when Netflix recommended that I thought it would be pure trash. It still doesn't have a right to work at all, but I quite liked it, my wife and kids got into it as well. A rarity.

Alita battle angel was quite good as well, saw it on a plane ride otherwise I would never have watched it.

I expected Pacific Rim to be basically just a Transformers rip-off but it turned out to be one of my favorite action movies.

Other than that, I don't usually watch movies that I don't think I'll like so I can't think of anything.

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I went into Godzilla vs Kong expecting the worst but ended up really enjoying it.

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Ugly Americans. Back when I used to watch Comedy Central fairly often. I didn't really plan to watch it, but left it on for a little bit, probably because there was nothing else to watch. At first I thought I was going through some weird phase; it didn't seem like something I should enjoy, but the more I watched it the more I loved it. So sad it ended after 2 seasons.

Initially when i heard about the Sonic the Hedgehog movie, i thought it was going to be one of the under-performing game movies. In fact, it proved me wrong.

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Only one that comes to mind for me is Detective Pikachu. It wasn't a great movie by any means but a lot better than what I expected.

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