So the other day, while discussing Quentin Tarantino’s next film project, I mentioned that I was surprised at how much I enjoyed Inglourious Basterds. I may have even been shocked. It was one of those overly hyped projects that sounded intriguing to me, but I figured it would end up not really my thing. I can still remember sitting in the theater, utterly mesmerized and terrified by Christoph Waltz’s Colonel Landa as he ferreted out that hidden family. I was also taken in by Mélanie Laurent and Diane Kruger (both their performances and their characters), the intense scenario played out at the tavern, a goofy Brad Pitt, Shosanna’s crazy plan and the horrifying culmination of events at the theater. Even while watching the movie, I kept sort of mumbling in my brain that I couldn’t believe how much I was enjoying the whole thing (though I do admit to covering my eyes for the carvings). Thinking back now, I believe the reviews for Basterds were actually mixed, but damned if I wouldn’t give the thing five stars.
Usually when movies are well-reviewed, we try to temper our expectations so we’re not disappointed. Then there are the times when we catch a small film that blows us away—maybe we haven’t even read anything about it or have no idea what a movie is—and we end up very pleasantly affected. So, what’s your greatest film surprise; which movie unexpectedly blew you away?