12 Movies That Exceeded Fans’ Low Expectations

comic stars when they were featured in The Hangover. As they were not renowned actors, many fans and critics were unsure how the movie would turn out after the trailer. However, it surprised us that it was not all about drunken fun. Far from it! It gave all of us our money’s worth when the story was filled with delightful scenes of cover-ups, clever setups, and a missing tooth. The Hangover rose to the ranks to become the highest-grossing comedy film of 2009.

3. Easy A (2010)

Easy A (2010)
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Emma Stone stars in this movie that appears quite silly; the trailer presents it as a typical teenage high school drama, but don’t be too quick to judge it! With a star-studded cast, all the characters steal their scenes, and the result is classic.

4. About Time (2013)

About Time (2013)
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It felt like we had already watched About Time in the movie The Time Traveler’s Wife. There are a lot of similarities, including the lead actor. But when you stick it out, you find it a fantastic movie with surprising depth. The script is meticulous, and the cast knocked it out of the park. It is dramatic and provides enough laughter as it draws you in.

5. Slumdog Millionaire (2009)

Slumdog Millionaire (2009)
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When Vikas Swarup wrote the novel Q&A, I bet he didn’t think it would blow up our TV screens! I’ve watched Slumdog Millionaire about five times, and everything is as exciting every time. Initially, this movie appeared to be an everyday tale of rags to riches, but it was more than that. Jamal Malik’s story gets continuous praise, and the movie’s entire plot gets constant recognition. As we’ve watched too many game shows, we never knew this one would surpass expectations and stick with us the way it did.

6. Coco (2017)

Coco (2017)
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The stakes are always high for an animated film. It feels like we have already watched the best of them, and anything that comes after is subject to high criticism. The storyline seems so familiar: a boy, Miguel, wants to be a musician despite his family banning music. But as you watch it, you get more intrigued by the minute. Miguel somehow ends up in the land of the dead before returning to the land of the living. The movie is intentional and comes with a handful of life lessons. One thing’s for sure: you’ll cry at the end.

7. Die Hard (1988)

Die Hard (1988)
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Known as the most incredible action movie ever made, Die Hard’s trailer didn’t have an exciting landing. Because it was simple, and most fanatics considered it a low-budget production. However, watching the movie is falling in love with it. From the first scene, it was evident that you’d enjoy its good presentation. It’s not high art but a film that needs no improvement. The story is so contained there’s nowhere else to go.

8. Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

Edge of Tomorrow (2014)
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Another alien invasion! This is precisely what most critics on a popular online forum thought of Edge of Tomorrow. Its marketing showed it was just another Tom Cruise action-packed film. But when watching it, you’ll realize it’s way above that. The movie carries a lot of heart and wittiness, and Emily Blunt stole the show as an impressive warrior.

9. Casino Royale (2006)

Casino Royale (2006)
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When you watch this movie’s trailer, it seems like the same old James Bond spy storyline. With many action movies failing to live up to the hype, we knew to expect similar chases, stunts, and explosions. But newcomer Daniel Craig had different plans for us. He unexpectedly took us back to the days of action glory by making this a unique storyline.

10. Stardust (2007)

Stardust (2007)
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Stardust did not break box office records, but it showed a story worth telling. It’s excellent, and the cast has a witty sense of humor. It’s one of the easiest takes on fantasy. The movie focuses on the importance of human elements like bravery, dedication, and loyalty. The gift of the magic candles opens Stardust up to a whole new realm of things.

11. The Iron Giant (1999)

The Iron Giant (1999)
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The best thing about this story is that it subverts your expectations. During its original release, fans were not so keen on the idea of another action film. But The Iron Giant will awaken your fascination for robots. The main character, voiced by Vin Diesel, will stay with you for a long time. The movie retains a poignant sentiment that goes far beyond the world of machines.

12. Zombieland (2009)

Zombieland (2009)
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This has nothing to do with my affinity for zombies. If anything, I’m the harshest critic of a zombie movie. Zombieland is one of those that creeps on you. Having a zombie movie that falls under the comedy genre elicits mixed reactions. Fans were not keen on the idea, but this story was more satisfying than more sequels.


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