Movies you’ll wish you could watch again for the first time


Tasha Kibue

Movies so good that you’ll wish you could watch them again for the first time.

There’s nothing like the first time watching a great movie. Experiencing all the jokes for the first time. Feeling your eyes widen at the twist ending. The thrill of the credits rolling. Here’s a list of movies that make me wish I could experience that magic feeling again for the first time.

Good Time (2017)
If you’re a fan of Robert Pattinson, you’ll definitely enjoy this movie. Good Time follows Connie and Nick Nikas: bank-robbing brothers. After a heist gone wrong, Connie stops at nothing to free his brother from prison. Pattinson’s performance was amazing. When watching you can feel everything the characters are feeling. Regret, confusion, anger, and fear. The directors, Benny and Josh Safdie, are amazing at creating tense and fast-paced situations. They also directed Uncut Gems, which is another “re-watchable” film.

Juno (2007)
Juno is a teen mother who decides to place her child up for adoption. It follows her budding relationship with the adoptive family and her relationship with her unborn child. As complications in Juno’s plan appear, she begins to worry about the baby’s future. Elliot Page is awesome in this movie! Michael Cera, Allison Janney, Jason Bateman, J.K. Simmons also all give amazing performances respectively. I love them all!

The Suicide Squad (2021)
God, this movie is good. This movie is starting to steer the DCEU in the right direction. Unlike the messy 2016 version, The Suicide Squad is exciting and enjoyable. I knew this movie would be good as soon as I learned James Gunn, director of the Guardians of the Galaxy movies, would be directing it. It’s funny, well written, action-packed, and artistic. Even though I watched this movie in my bedroom, I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The Suicide Squad follows a collection of cons who are forced by the US government to go on a mission and save the world. I highly recommend this if you enjoy action-packed movies!

Clueless (1995)
This movie will always be relevant. If you haven’t watched Clueless, what are you doing? It may seem like a cliche teen movie, but I promise it’s more than that. Clueless is a comedy that subtly comments on high school norms and pressures. The main character, Cher, is a rich and socially successful high school student who gets everything handed to her. She soon realizes that she has spent her life only caring about herself, and changes for the better. (Confession: I mostly re-watch this movie for Paul Rudd, and the pretty outfits.)

Ghost World (2001)
This movie is about two high school graduates, Enid and Rebecca, who plan to move in together during the summer. But their plans get complicated after they respond to a man’s newspaper ad for a date. This mere gag affects the girls’ friendship drastically. This movie accurately portrays what it feels like to not know what you want to be after high school. It also portrays how easy it is for you and your school friends to drift apart after you graduate.

Eighth Grade (2018)
This movie feels so real. It follows a socially anxious 8th grader, Kayla, who’s emotionally preparing herself for high school. The movie can be a bit cringy at times but it’s written like that on purpose. It encapsulates the awkwardness of middle school and trying to figure out who you are. It’s written and directed by Bo Burnham.

Shrek 2 (2004)
Last but most definitely NOT least: Shrek 2. I cannot put into words how much I love this movie. It’s a perfect example of a movie sequel done right! The movie expands on Shrek’s universe, naturally introduces new characters, has a strong story and dialogue, and has an awesome soundtrack. I’m sure many would agree that Shrek 2 is a very easy re-watch. It’s just *chef’s kiss*.

Did I miss any? Leave a comment and tell me what your favorites are!

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