You ever watch a good movie, read a good book, or go somewhere fun, and store it away in your memory? Then years later, you go back to that thing and its not nearly what you remember? Sometimes its better, sometimes it worse, and some times its just different than what your mind recorded.
For me, I have a few examples:
- Masters of the Universe: When I first saw this movie, I loved it. I still do, but when I saw it as a kid, certain things changed. For some reason, after seeing it as a child, I picked it up years later and expected to see a castle in space, skeletor’s head be a large fleshless skull with red eyes, and the final fight scene being something more like the lightsaber duels we see in the Star Wars Prequels. Needless to say… I dunno what happened.
- Spaceballs. Okay I admit, when this movie came out, I was little… really really little. So my memory of it was extremely skewed and I didn’t see it again until years later. I remembered the ring sabers, the mega maid, and that was about it. The rest of my memories of it mixed in what was actually in the movie with Star Wars themes and action scenes. I didn’t remember it being a comedy… other than Dark Helmet’s character being eccentric. In short, the movie was far more badass as I remembered.
So why does this happen? Why is it sometimes we remember things differently than how they actually happened, while other things remain the same? Ghostbusters, Transformers, and the old Super Mario Bros. Super Show were all just like they were when I was kid. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was too.
So why was it so different? Well I think part of it is due to seeing several other movies of the same genre all meshed together… another reason might be the age I was when I first saw these movies. Also, seeing it with an undeveloped mind perhaps let me overlook things that would be considered negative.
All I can say is, when watching something for the first time in years, be careful that it may not be what you remember!
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