It happens to the best of us. One day you’re a young whippersnapper and the next day you are running into people who have not even heard of the major movies that you grew up on. Or worse yet, they’ve watched them ironically and they’ve mercilessly mocked them. Some things never go out of style, but then again some things do, and that can make it difficult for people to appreciate movies that come from before their time. But what exactly makes a movie “dated” and when should we look past these differences in order to look for something more?
An interesting debate has popped up over at Press Play last week, where Matt Zoller Seitz recently attended a screening of the 1963 James Bond film From Russia With Love, and found a lot of people in the audience laughing at how dated the movie was. There are few things more infuriating than having people laugh at a movie that you genuinely like, but can they be blamed for finding unintentional humour in a movie that is almost 50 years old? Seitz insists that the problem was with the audience, not the movie, but something tells me if they were watching Troll 2 he might have reacted a bit differently. What do you think? Are some movies just so dated that they become laughable? Why can’t younger moviegoers connect with old movies? Is it disrespectful to laugh at a public screening of an old classic? Give us your thoughts here on Open Forum Friday.