There are so many reasons to re-watch a movie. Leaving the theatre feeling confused about what just happened, or stunned about a twist ending is often a good reason to revisit a story more than once. Sometimes going into a film armed with knowledge you picked up in the first round can make the second one even better.
Here are Screen Rant’s 10 Movies You Need To Watch Twice To Understand.
Earlier this year, audiences watched Ryan Reynolds rock the titular role of Deadpool. Director Tim Miller wasn’t afraid to give the fans what they wanted either, and together they delivered the loquacious wise-ass we were hoping to find at the end of 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Deadpool isn’t totally exempt from criticism though. There’s always a lot to pay attention to in a character’s origin story. The movie tackles all that, but also jumps quickly from timeline to timeline. So if you’re not careful, you’re likely to get a little lost. And for every moment you spend confused, you’ll miss at least three awesome insults. The banter alone is reason enough to give the movie multiple viewings, since Reynolds was basically born to play the merc with a mouth.
Forget what you’ve heard, Fight Club is not a movie about soap. The big screen adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk’s novel of the same name comes courtesy of director David Fincher. Known for his haunting work, Fincher’s credits are an arsenal of gloom. Brain-twisting and uncomfortable, his style is on display in movies like Gone Girl (2014), Se7en (1995), and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (2011). So when the director takes everything you think you know about the characters and burns it down at the end of Fight Club, you’ll probably be overwhelmed with the urge to re-watch it immediately. Curious about where you went wrong, you’ll be eager to apply your newfound knowledge. Plus, Fincher methodically reveals pieces of the story in a way that makes the second viewing just as engaging as the first.
Christopher Nolan does not underestimate his audience, and layers his movies with intricate detail, trusting that we’ll be able to keep up. His 2010 offering Inception requires your full attention, because there’s a lot going on. The story is spread across multiple realities in both the dream world and the real one. Following the simultaneous timelines is a full-time job, so thankfully each different world has an aesthetic all its own. The director introduces an entirely new universe which has some surprising physics. And, like the great storyteller he is, releases bits of information along the way that ultimately reveal a picture you might not expect. Some fans are still arguing over the film’s ending, while others come to a different conclusion with every viewing. Whatever side you’re on, it probably took you more than one try to get there.
Inception wasn’t the only mind-blower Leonardo DiCaprio worked on in 2010. He also lent his talents to the Martin Scorsese thriller Shutter Island. As U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels, DiCaprio comes to the island in search of a missing patient. The movie begins simply enough, but quickly spirals into a tale of paranoia and self-destruction. Scorsese is a masterful storyteller, and with Dennis Lehane’s novel as the film’s basis, had the daunting task of splicing a ton of intricate plot points in with his own vision for the story. And he delivered. Despite all of the evidence that has carefully been planted leading up to it, the movie’s conclusion is still a surprise. It’s such a surprise, in fact, that many audiences had to give it a second try in order to figure out what happened.
The X-Men franchise has a ton of support, and is certifiably bankable when it comes to the box office. But newcomers to the series are liable to feel a little intimidated given the sheer magnitude of their big-screen presence. The X-Men universe has gotten a little out of hand, and at this point the timelines and crossovers have gotten blurry. The mutants have moved forward, backward, and across time. And, multiple incantations of the same character can be difficult to keep separate without some serious background knowledge. Even so, some fans who have been following from the beginning were still scratching their heads at the end of Apocalypse, thanks simply to the amount of story jammed in to the film’s 144 minutes. So if you’re thinking of attending Bryan Singer’s latest silver screen production, be prepared to take some notes.