I work with a charming young man who recently turned 20. He’s in college, and seems ‘hip’ to the pop culture of today. So you can imagine my shock and awe upon learning he had never seen The Princess Bride. Okay, I realize the film came out the same year he was born. But hasn’t this movie become embedded into American popular culture?? How is this possible? He hadn’t even HEARD of it!! He thought I was talking about some crappy Anne Hathaway movie!
Perhaps our tastes are just too disparate. He thought it a travesty that I hadn’t seen The Fantastic Four, a film I determined to be standard play-to-the-lowest-common-denominator filmmaking and not worth my time. At any rate, in 20 years will anyone care about The Fantastic Four? I doubt it.
So I’m boggled. He does want to see Stardust, a film that is said to be closest to The Princess Bride in genre, so that’s good. I haven’t seen it yet, so I can’t judge, but I’m hoping it will be good.
Is there really such a generation gap in only eight years? I think of all the things my little brother and sister have lived with that I didn’t when I was a kid, and I start to think that maybe my generation (those born in the late 70′s/early 80′s) was at the tail end of one generation, and kids from the late 80′s/early 90′s are the start of another. Microwaves, computers, vcrs (now dvds), cable television (now satellite), the Internet. Cable television just started to be a big deal when I was a kid, seven or eight years old. I can remember when we bought a vcr, a couple years after they came out – wow, we can watch a movie at home! I remember buying the microwave, and we didn’t have a computer until I was 12 or so, and didn’t have one with a GUI and a mouse until late high school. Didn’t have internet until my senior year. I didn’t have a CD player until my senior year either. Cassettes, baby!
Geez, this makes me feel old and curmudgeonly. I guess it only gets worse.