There's no escaping the fact that we're currently living in an age where the gritty, dark, and sometimes soul-crushingly realistic reigns supreme, with everything from superhero epics to Oscar-baiting darlings all opting to edge towards more "serious" waters in order to secure acclaim and big bucks at the box office.
But, your writer is pleased to announce that not every film pumped into cinema screens in recent times or even since the turn of the century has come into being with the concept of taking itself 100% seriously scorched into its very being. In fact, the following collection of features seemed more focused on popping the crowd in attendance, leaving them roaring in their seats, or just needing a shower after taking in the selected chunk of cinematic goodness.
However, in the case of this selection of larger than life or even horrific entries, many were quick to overlook the unashamedly bizarre, hilarious, or plain old heart-warming qualities on show, judging the product as an earnest dose of challenging or ground-breaking cinema instead, for better or worse.
From superhero romps deciding to double-down on the ludicrous to apparent horrors being classed as absurdist comedy by the stars involved, these movies were later revealed to be more than what they initially seemed.
10. Once Upon A Time In Hollywood
After making a career out of shocking, challenging and sometimes even moving his audience unexpectedly, it's safe to say that you can always bet on whatever Quentin Tarantino churns out next stealing a whole host of headlines upon its release.
And as expected, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood did precisely that in 2019, with everything from the film's jaw-dropping rewriting of Sharon Tate's murder at the hands of the Manson family to Bruce Lee getting his ass handed to him by Brad Pitt's Cliff Booth all dividing audiences seemingly from the get-go.
When it comes to that latter piece of controversial action, Tarantino was quick to fire back at those, including Lee's daughter, who claimed the director framed the martial arts legend as "an arrogant !*$% who was full of hot air." He'd even go as far as to state on the Joe Rogan Experience that everyone who had a problem with his depiction of Lee, outside of his family, could "go s*ck a d**k!"
In short, if you've got a serious problem with Tarantino's revisionist history, who gives a f***? The director is playing in his own sandbox and doesn't care if you take his flicks seriously or not.