Posted by: ckckred | December 2, 2012

Is There A Movie You Disliked Initially But Later Changed Your Opinion About?

This week’s question was inspired by my last question, which was if there was an actor you had originally disliked but changed your opinion about later.  The question is now is there a movie that you liked after initially disliking it?

Baraka took me two views to really reach into the film

Baraka took me two views to really reach into the film

My answer to the question would be Baraka.  The first time I saw it, I thought it was one of the most boring films ever made and that it would be more exciting to watch paint dry.  But after a second viewing, I loved it and really appreciated what the filmmakers were trying to do.

But what movie would you pick?


  1. Plenty, actually, including some notable ones! Right off the bat, I’d have to confess I didnt get “The Big Lebowski” the first time through, I just thought it was odd… and “The Graduate”, which actually took me YEARS to warm up to. I thought it was just too slooooooow.

    I’ve come to my senses now and recognize them both as brilliant. 😀

    • The Graduate’s one that took me a while to like as well. I wasn’t sure of what to think of it after the first viewing but when I saw it again it became one of my favorites.

      For some reason I still haven’t seen The Big Lebowski yet. I have no good excuse but I have a copy that I’ll probably watch in a few weeks. Thanks for commenting.

  2. Sherlock Holmes (2009) – Initially, I did not like the movie and avoided the sequel, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011) at all costs. Now both these movies are among my favorites.

    • Sherlock Holmes has really grown on me, mostly because I’m a big fan of mysteries. Thanks for commenting.

  3. I would say the first Lord of the Rings. At first I didn’t like it, then I realised how technically accomplished it was.

    • Good point with Lord of the Rings. Even though I’m not the series’ biggest fan, I’ve always admired the technical side to the movies. Thanks for commenting.

  4. “Hero” I didn’t think it was anything special the first time I watched it. But then I got it on DVD and watched it again, and again, and again. It’s grown on me. I have always appreciated the look of the movie, but now I appreciate the story more.

    • I haven’t seen that, but I’ve been in similar scenarios with other films. Thanks for commenting.

  5. “DARK CITY” Gets My Vote Here. The First Time I Saw It, I Couldn’t Wait For It To End. It Was Just Sooooooo Slllllllooooooow. I Found Myself Checking My Watch Like Every 10 Minutes In The Hopes It Was Almost Over.
    After Seeing It A Couple More Times, I Grew To Have Great Respect For The Flick. Yeah, It Was Slow, But The Pace Is Very Deliberate For A Reason.
    So Yeah… “DARK CITY” Dude. “DARK CITY” Fo SHO. 🙂

    • I haven’t seen that film, but I’ve had the same feeling before with Baraka. I found the movie to be slow but when I watched it again I understood why the pacing was that way. Thanks for commenting.

  6. I’m embarrassed to say that I didn’t like the Fight Club the first time I watched it. After the second and thirtieth viewing I loved it.

    • Fight Club took me a while to love as well. It’s now one of my favorite films by David Fincher. Thanks for commenting.

  7. Fight Club for me as well! Love it now. There’s a few more i’ve gone the other way with, liked initially and then changed my mind.

  8. I’m having trouble thinking of specifics, but I know Westerns and Ingmar Bergman films would both fall into this more than anything else.

    • Good point about westerns. Besides Sergio Leone’s work, I’ve never really gotten into the genre but after watching some of them again like Stagecoach I’ve appreciated them more.

  9. Like Fogs before me, I too didn’t care much for the Lebowski the first go around. I even sold the DVD shortly after figuring I would never have any reason to watch it again…

    Several late night rewatches later (On TV) and I now often think about how wrong I was. I want my DVD back too. 😦

    I remember not liking Goodfellas for the longest time. It’s since grown on me.

    • I still haven’t seen The Big Lewbowski. I just got the DVD, so I’ll change that soon.

      The first time I saw it, I loved GoodFellas and over the years my appreciation for it has grown. Thanks for commenting.

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