LUBBOCK, Texas (KJTV) – This summer movie season so far has been steeped in nostalgia. Because people like me who grew up in the 80s and 90s have such fond memories of movies and shows we watched back then, they’re essentially being sold to us again now that we’re in the key demographic with money to spend.
But nostalgia can be used in different ways, and some are better than others.
In the case of “Jurassic World: Dominion,” nostalgia is a prop for a flimsy franchise. Sam Neill, Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum were brought to back inject some life into this brain-dead “Jurassic World” series. Goldblum spends a lot of the movie telling us how stupid the movie we’re watching is.
The boldest use of nostalgia this summer is the “Chip ‘n’ Dale Rescue Rangers” movie, which took a hard left turn into a dark satire of Hollywood like “Roger Rabbit.” It’s daring and drastically different from the old TV show.
On the other hand, some things don’t need to change. In “Beavis and Butt-Head Do the Universe” the boys are just as stupid as ever as they’re brought from 1998 to 2022 through space travel. It’s just the kind of silly I really needed right now.
Meanwhile, “Lightyear” tries to have it both ways, which is one of several reasons for its box office failure. It’s framed as a movie made in 1995 that Andy watched and made him want a Buzz Lightyear toy. So, it’s not “Toy Story” and it’s Buzz Lightyear, but not really because it’s a different character from the toy. That’s all very confusing. But on its own, I enjoyed “Lightyear” more than I expected to as a nifty little sci-fi. My kid liked it so much that he forgot to eat the popcorn, which also worked out really well for me.
The most financially successful nostalgia of the summer is “Top Gun: Maverick,” a clearly understandable continuation of the story of Tom Cruise’s character. It’s also an absolute blast, and even though it’s a sequel to a 36-year-old movie, it somehow feels like something fresh in theaters.
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