Every year, adolescents around the nation have to suffer with the loss of a childhood movie favorite.
In 2010, the “Toy Story” saga was lost and in 2011, the blockbuster mogul, “Harry Potter” ended. Again, as 2012 comes to a close, we must endure the loss of yet another series of franchises.
The teenage fantasy for girls became the “Twilight” franchise when it released in 2008, and “The Dark Knight” became a blockbuster hit in 2005 to every action movie connoisseur. But as both these series end in 2012, people across the nation must say goodbye to the movies that paralleled with their lives growing up.
Penn State students described their love for these movies and what it meant to their childhood.
When speaking of “Twilight,” Alex Mendonça (freshman–engineering) said, “I honestly loved them, it brought romance to a different level.”
In contrast, other Penn Staters found “Twilight” to be “confusing.”
Kelsey McClain (sophomore-education) said that she wasn’t really into the hype of “Twilight” and thought that the entire ordeal was “kind of weird.”
In spite of “Twilight,” Penn Staters felt that the closing of other movie franchises was hard to handle.
On major action franchises such as “Men In Black,” Cameron Trosin said he was a fan of the movies when they were released.
“Yeah, I remember I watched ‘Men In Black,’” Trosin (freshman-business administration) said. “I used to love those movies.”
On the classic James Bond movies, Trosin said that if they ever were to end he “wouldn’t be too fond about that because those are enjoyable movies.”
But not every movie franchise that ended was hard to handle. With the reinvention of “Spiderman,” Mendonça said that the newest movie was probably the best one of the franchise that he had ever seen.
“It was way better than the one’s with Tobey Maguire. The new ‘Spider-Man’ is switching to the new times. It’s time put a new face to ‘Spider-Man;’ maybe it’ll draw a new crowd,” Trosin said.
Penn Staters are also anticipating blockbuster movies that are coming out at the year’s end.
Nicole Herman (senior-English) said that she’s really excited to see “The Hobbit.”
“I’m really excited for that one because it’s been so long since the original “Lord of the Rings” came out,” she said.
But as movie franchises end in 2012, Penn Staters are excited for the upcoming films of 2013.
“Iron Man 3,” “Star Trek 2,” “Monster’s University,” “The Wolverine,” “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” and another installment of “Die Hard” are all scheduled to release in 2013.
Trosin said that he’s anticipating the release of “Scary Movie 5” because he “grew up with those movies.”
But regardless of the likes and dislikes of our generations movies, the longing and the anticipation of past and future films, respectively, one sentiment remains.
“Our generation’s movies were big to us, so for the next generation, whatever they grow up with is probably going to be a big part of their life,” McClain said.