The Yin to disappointment’s Yang. The pleasant surprise.
These are the movies that you really weren’t looking forward to at all. If they were on your radar at all, they weren’t a very prominent blip… So, you go in with no expectations, and before you know it, you’re thinking. Hey, this is really good.
By the time you leave, you’re ready to spread the “Word of Mouth”.
Click through to see the 5 nominees for the 2011 FMR MAJOR Award for “Most Surprising”!
“Bridesmaids” No one saw this coming. Kristen Wiig and crew put together a female cast and jumped right into the male dominated world of raunchy comedy. It caught on like wildfire, grossing almost $300 million worldwide and becoming Judd Apatow’s most successful movie production to date. The awards have begun to pour in, Wiig and the movie both scored Golden Globe noms, and McCarthy is up for a SAG Award.
“The Help” The help was a mid August release. It didn’t open at number one, but it took the top spot in its second week of release. Word of mouth propelled this movie to a great “hold”. I don’t think anyone could have expected a Disney studios movie starring Emma Roberts to have this kind of serious heft to it (I know I didn’t). But the awards have started rolling in for this one as well, and look for even more recognition come Oscar time. _____________________________________________________________________
“Moneyball” As a baseball fan, I knew that “Moneyball” had its work cut out to begin with. You mean to tell me they’re going to tell the story of how a small market team fielded a competitive club in spite of economic competition from the big market franchises? And people are going to WATCH it? And they got BRAD PITT to be in it? I was skeptical from square one. But I’ll be damned if they didn’t “knock it out of the park” excuse my pun. Great flick.
“Rise of the Planet of the Apes” - The movie that defied everyone’s non-existent expectations to become one of the surprise hits of 2011. I actually thought the trailer for this was excellent (with the falling leaves, etc) but I was like nah, the movie can’t be good, it’s just a good marketing campaign. But great special effects, a great performance by Andy Serkis and a decent enough story has set us all up for a new round of Planet of the Apes movies.
“Warrior” An MMA movie about two brothers who wind up fighting for the title didn’t exactly appeal to me. I’m fine with the MMA part, but the whole “brothers pitted against each other in the ring” sounded like dreck. Little did I know that the movie would be anchored by great acting, have awesome fight sequences, and a strong enough emotional core to overcome the plethora of fight movie clichés it throws at you. This movie totally caught me with my guard down.
So there you have it folks! The five nominees for “Most Surprising” of 2011!
Each of them in their own way snuck up on us, and we didn’t realize how much we were going to like them until they came out. So what do you think? Which movie surprised you the most this year? I’m hoping to get your input so
we can talk movies, this thing isn’t an election I can take it into consideration as we go!