Films That Needed A Second Chance...
When I was first watched Blade Runner, I was 14 or 15 at the time. I was looking for a straight-up action movie, and was unprepared for the movie that Ridley Scott had made. Hence, I found it boring and a chore to sit through. Couldn't get into it. Looking back, that was a reflection of my tastes at the time, and because I simply wasn't willing to give it the patience it required.
For years, I accepted that I hated the movie. I knew a lot of people who found it boring, so I didn't question my opinion. I was finally convinced to watch it again...and I'm glad that I did. I found it simply breathtaking, an enthralling sci-fi with stunning visuals and strong storytelling. As cliched as it is to say, I just lacked the maturity to appreciate it. This is a film for adults.
I came to this movie looking for some 'splosions and action. I expected it to be akin to the Bourne movies, as Tony Gilroy was involved in writing them. I didn't expect it to be a verbose thriller. When I first watched it, I slapped it with a mediocre rating, but didn't give it much of a second thought.
Watching it again a few years later, I was enthralled. It's an adult movie, and you need to be a patient adult to appreciate it. It's now a movie that I can watch again and again. It's brilliant.
This is another case of me seeing a movie that wasn't appropriate for me when I was younger. Oh sure I could handle the gore and stuff, but I just found it tedious and boring. Watching it on Blu-ray many years later, though, was a breathtaking experience. No doubt the bigger screen helped me get more immersed in the movie. Now, this is one of my favourite movies.
Film critic Leonard Maltin was not fond of the movie either when he first saw it, rating it 2.5/4. When he revisited, he changed his rating to 3.5/4. Further proof that anyone who doesn't like this movie needs to watch it again.
When I watched Meet Joe Black, it was during the time when I valued other reviewers and did not trust my own opinion. Even though other critics trashed the movie and I didn't entirely agree with their point of view, I didn't want to be "that guy."
Things started to change when I watched the movie with my best friend of the time. She found it enrapturing and said my criticisms were odd. So I watched it a few more times, and with each new viewing, it kept growing on me. Now I full-on love it.
I saw potential in this movie when I first watched it, but I just couldn't quite form a proper opinion on it. Watching it a few more times proved to be smart, though - it grew on me, I had more fun with it, and I was able to make more sense of the story. It's a unique interpretation of Holmes that still doesn't entirely work, but it's nevertheless fascinating if you're willing to give it a chance.