Jon Gibbs (jongibbs) wrote,
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Which movies have turned out far better than you'd expected?

I like it when a movie turns out to be much better than I expected.  In the last year, two in particular surpassed my, albeit limited, expectations in a big way.

First off, there's Get Smart (Steve Carell, Anne Hathaway, Dwayne Johnson)  

I know this was released in the summer of 2008, but I didn’t see it until a couple of months ago when I stumbled across it on cable. The original TV series was okay at the time, but most of the humor seems dated now, which is why I wasn’t in a rush to see it.   

I came across it by accident when I channel-hopped into the latest version at around the point where Maxwell Smart (Steve Carell) and Agent 99 (Anne Hathaway) had gone undercover to crash a party of a KAOS agent. When I was still watching it twenty minutes later, I decided to DVR the whole movie the next time it was on. 

I’ve seen it several times since then. There’s something about Steve Carell’s Walter-Matthau-like sourpuss expression which works perfectly in this role. Get Smart is one of those films, like Mystery Men or Dodgeball, which I’ll watch again and again. 

The second nice surprise was Paul Blart: Mall Cop.   

Kevin James stars as Paul Blart, a mild-mannered mall cop in an entertaining, loser-turns-hero then gets the girl of his dreams, movie, which spoofs Die Hard in the same reverend manner that Hot Fuzz spoofed Point Break and Bad Boys II.  

This one didn’t make me L.O.L. out loud as much as the Get Smart remake, but I thoroughly enjoyed it.   

So there you have it, Get Smart and Paul Blart: Mall Cop. Two films which went from my ‘Meh’ list to my ‘Must have on DVD’ list. If you’re looking for a couple of ‘much better than you might expect’ movies to watch over the holiday period, I thoroughly recommend them both.

How about you?

Which movies are on your ‘Turned out much better than I expected’ list?

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