I watched This is Spinal Tap for the first time a few summers ago. I had no expectations for it, other than it was supposedly a classic from the mid-1980’s.
It’s very rare where you go into a movie with no expectations. There is so much hype around movie premiers that you basically know the whole story before you even step in the theater.* And the classic movies eventually make their way into pop culture, so you usually have at least some idea of what you are about to see. I knew the whole plot of The Godfather before I ever saw it.
*This was especially true for Harry Potter because I, you know, read the books.
But Spinal Tap? No expectations. And then it turned out to be one of the funniest movies I’ve ever seen.