Have you ever had the moment when a film’s final credits roll, and you say to yourself, “well I won’t be watching THAT again!” For whatever reason, we found the experience dull, uninspiring, bitter or even outright pointless. Sometimes this experience is marred by our own personal mood, and other times we just have high expectations for a given project that fails to deliver. Despite this, we cannot seem to shake that niggling feeling we get some six months later, when said film reaches the home cinema market and we begin to doubt whether or not we actually DID dislike the film originally.
If you are anything like me, then your IMDB ‘watchlist’ is almost a mile long, and your Amazon ‘wish list’ is even longer. Most of us do not have unlimited time and funds to watch and purchase every film we kind of, sort of, might have liked. So only the best of the best make it out on top.
Recently, however, I have been unable to access my own back catalogue of blu-rays, and have not had the time to get down the cinema or even purchase new films. So I have been left to my own devices with nothing but an online streaming account at my disposal. This has been both a blessing and a curse, but what this has forced me to do is to revisit some of those, “I’m not so sure about that”-films I would have once considered tripe.
In doing this, it has come to my attention that sometimes it is worth revisiting those lukewarm experiences again. Sometimes, we get it wrong. Sometimes, those films which we walked away from slating, are actually very good films indeed. Sometimes, we were just plain wrong, and it is time to make up for lost ground.
Here is my list of 10 films that I have re-watched despite initial indifference or disappointment, and to my pleasant surprise, realised they were actually splendid examples of great cinema.
You could say that limited resources and boredom have contributed to my sudden appreciation of these films. But I am inclined to suggest that it has simply facilitated an opportunity to set aside prejudice. Sometimes, a second chance is all you need.
This article was first posted on November 13, 2012