Originally Posted by foywonder
Is Star Wars really even all that popular with kids these days? Certainly not like it was when I was little, is it? My niece and nephew were the perfect age for Star Wars when the prequels came out and neither one of them could have given a damn. They were into Pokemon, YuGiOh, and stuff like that. My niece became an X-Men fan thanks to the movies. Never saw either one of them buy or play with a single piece of Star Wars merchandise. I know there are still tons of Star Wars crap on store shelves but how popular is it really with kids today? I think I've seen more kids wearing John Cena t-shirts than anything Star Wars related.
Originally Posted by Spike Marshall
I still think Pirates of the Carribbean is going to be the Star Wars of the 00s for a lot of kids.
I think both of you are leaving the parents out of the equation. Kids aren't just going to movies by themselves. The kids who were die-hard Star Wars fans in their youths are now raising kids of their own. Parents naturally want to share the movies they love with their kids. That's a large part of how childhood favorites are made. Star Wars isn't going away anytime in the next few generations.
If this generation is looking at At World's End
as one of the great films of their youths ten years from now, then I pity them. They'll have taken a step down from the Goonies generation. The Pirates films don't deserve that status any more than the Matrix films do.
The truth is, nothing does. The original Star Wars
was a flash of inspiration that changed movies forever. Its cultural impact is almost impossible to overstate, and if you weren't there, it's difficult to explain why films made today can't hold the same significance. No modern film can do what Star Wars
did, because it's already been done. Pop culture can't be changed the same way twice. If such a change is going to occur again, it won't be another big loud blockbuster movie that does it. Saying that some summer blockbuster franchise is any generation's Star Wars
is not only incorrect, but missing why Star Wars
was significant. There's a line in film history that's easily distinguished as before SW and after SW. Lord of the Rings
, or The Matrix
can't claim that kind of impact.