First off, let me make this plain: I'm a "Star Wars" fan. I really am. Just because I was born 12 years after the first one came out in theaters doesn't mean I'm not allowed to be one. But according to a whole LOT of aging fans of the series, I can never be a "true" fan.
I'm also not allowed to be considered a fan because I actually LIKE the new movies. And yes, I like them more than the old classics. I just think they're better films, so sue me. That's when certain die-hard older fans laugh and roll their eyes and giggle among themselves like clique-ish schoolgirls. I had no idea that being a "Star Wars" fan was so...exclusionary.
Case in freakin' point:
I went to see "The Force Awakens" yesterday and as I was standing in line for the theater, these four older guys were in front of me, waiting to get in. For almost half an hour, I listened to them slam every movie made after the original trilogy. Then, as luck would have it, they were in front of me when watching the movie and while they didn't really say anything, they just kept shaking their heads and even laughing every once in a while. When it was over, I followed them out of the theater and that's when I heard one of them say:
"These movies made for ADD kids have nothing to do with the original spirt of 'Star Wars.' It's sickening. They're just flashy action movies with no soul."
A buddy replied:
"Yeah and it's sad because people who like these movies actually think of themselves as 'Star Wars' fans. They're not and they never will be."
It was my turn to roll my eyes. And as I drove home, I started to realize something: I think because "Star Wars" is more mainstream than ever now, there are a lot of casual fans. I guess I qualify as casual because even though I've watched all the films multiple times, I don't have a giant collection at home and I didn't see the originals hundreds of time (like the dude says in the video above...400 times?!). The crazy die-hards feel like we don't belong in their territory, I guess. But I don't think I deserve to be labeled in other ways just because I like the new movies.
And hey, let me say this:
If you're over 40 and too much of your life OBVIOUSLY revolves around a certain movie - or set of movies - I'm pretty sure you need to get a life."
Hey, I'm not an ageist or anything like that. I was raised to respect my elders, I really was. But this seems to be absolutely true: The older they are, the more obnoxious they seem to be about this topic. So really, just shut the hell up. Can't we all just enjoy the movies? Isn't that allowed?