Cabin in the Woods(2011)

11 Movies That Surprisingly Stole Our Hearts Despite Zero Expectations

Sometimes, we go into films blind, not having any expectations of it. No word of mouth from a friend attesting to its greatness. Not even a trailer to get us hyped up. Maybe we were changing the channel, saw the movie, and then stopped to watch. Or we went to the cinema and the movie we came to see wasn't showing at the time so we decided to see something else. Whatever the reason, we came into some movies without any baggage of expectations, and we were pleasantly surprised. Not only was the movie good, it captured our hearts.

On an online platform, members talk about the movies that they watched with little or no expectations and how they turned out. Here are some highlights from the conversation.

1. Star Wars (1977)

Star Wars Episode IV A New Hope (1977)
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In 1977, as one user said, they and their friends were supposed to go see Rocky, but the tickets were sold out. Instead, they ended up going to see a movie they had never heard of before: Star Wars. A commenter corroborated the story, saying something similar had happened to them, too. “That's how I saw Airplane. I had never even heard of it, but The Blue Lagoon was sold out at the drive-in. With Up in Smoke, it was one of the best double features ever.”

2. Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

Edge of Tomorrow (2014)
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A movie fan said they didn't know much about the movie aside from the fact that it wasn't doing great at the box office, and no one knew what it was about. The sci-fi action movie is about an alien force launching an attack on Earth and threatening to wipe out the human race. Captain Cage, who is trapped in a time loop, teams up with a warrior to save the planet. Another movie fan said, “This one was better than I expected as well. One of the few movies I enjoy rewatching.”

3. Up (2009)

Up (2009)
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Motion Pictures.

A commentor said that the movie Up was so beautiful and emotional. They've seen it many times since, and it's still beautiful. Up is about Carl and Russell, one old widower and a young boy scout. They both go on an adventure on Carl's flying house to find Paradise Falls, his wife's dream destination.

4. The Mummy (1999)

The Mummy (1999)
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This was the first movie a user said they had ever seen in a real movie theater. “We had no idea what the movie was about, but that was an epic film for little kids to see.” In the film, adventurer Rick O'Connell( Brendan Fraser) and Egyptologist Evelyn (Rachel Weisz) inadvertently awaken a dangerous mummy, Imhotep, Pharaoh Seti's high priest.

5. The Lego Movie (2014)

The Lego Movie (2014)
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“What I thought would be a complete cash grab with no substance,” said one user, “left me feeling like I got a big hug with the writing, the plot, and the talent.” Another user agreed, saying, “For being basically a 2-hour long corporate ad, it was very funny, touching, and subversive. Lego Movie is awesome.” In this film, the world is made entirely of Lego bricks and pieces. An ordinary construction worker is chosen by a resistance movement to overthrow an evil, micromanaging businessman.

6. Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014)

Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014)
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One user said the Kingsman movie came out with no real advertising, the trailer looked average, and when they saw it on opening day, the theater was almost empty. But, the movie blew them away. They say they compare it to John Wick, where there was no hype or expectation, and then it knocked people's socks off.

7. Cabin in the Woods (2011)

Cabin in the Woods (2011)
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Some users thought this one would be the average horror movie, nothing special but it ended up being one of their favorite movies. Five college students head out to a remote cabin for a getaway, but things don't go as planned when they start getting killed. They soon discover that there's more to the cabin than it seems. Another user said that the ads for the movie made it look super generic, but they're glad they did. Now, it's about convincing people to see it without spoiling it.

8. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)
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A user watched it on a date, expecting to not even pay attention, but now it has become their favorite superhero movie. In this beloved animated film, Miles Morales gains superpowers after being bitten by a spider, then he meets alternate versions of himself and gets entangled in a battle to save the multiverse.

9. My Cousin Vinny (1992)

My Cousin Vinny (1992)
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When My Cousin Vinny came out, this user said they thought it was going to be stupid. Instead, they laughed and laughed at its comedic nature. Concurring with the comment, another fan said, “I absolutely adore this movie. That whole movie is a goldmine of quotes.”

10. District 9 (2009)

District 9 (2009)
Image Credit: TriStar Pictures.

“I walked into the cinema completely blind and had barely even heard about it. Me and my friends just walked past a poster and agreed it looked interesting. One of my best cinema experiences.” Agreeing with the comment, another user noted that her husband and she watched it thinking it was some sci-fi flick. They had no idea what it was about. They were both blown away by it. It was a great movie for them and so much more than a sci-fi flick.

11. October Sky (1999)

October Sky (1999)
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Based on the book The Rocket Boys, this true story is about a 1950s coal mining town and a teenager who wants to get out. He dreams of going to college to become a NASA engineer. A user said they watched this in their middle school science class, then the class did a bottle-rocket experiment the following day.

Source: Reddit.

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The Proposal (2009)
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