I talked about this in the little-frequented Bar Room Banter this week, but I'd like to expound on it, and get the take of other Indy fans, and those who already saw it.
Like all re-born film franchises Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull begs the question, why?
Why after 19 years would you get the band together? But first, my BRB take on the film:
"This film was made for the (CBSSports.com editor) Pete Stellas of the world. Lots of things that go boom, stars in pointless roles (do we really need Oscar-winning Aussie Cate Blanchett playing a Russian bad gal? I was perfectly content with who-are-you-but-you're-hot Allison Doody [hehe] playing Dr. Elsa Schneider in Last Crusade.) and a storyline that insults anybody with a fourth-grade education. It's been 19 years since this franchise called it quits. Name me another film franchise that went dormant for that long and came back strong? Plus, you have Hollywood's biggest egomaniac in Steven Spielberg running the show. He just had the film's first viewing a week ago. A week ago, which means no time for anybody to say, "Yo, Stevie, loved Schindler's but do we really need Karen Allen to have this many lines?" I'm also upset that we're not fighting Nazis anymore. You really can't kill off too many of those guys. Leave the Russians to James Bond and that cartoon moose."
The reviews I've read on the movie vary from lukewarm to downright mad. The film is either too long, too boring, too outlandish, too much CGI, too few funny moments or too illegitimate to quit.
Here's the real problem with digging up and old franchise film: after many a years sitting around the Dreamworks studio wondering how to do the thing, Stevie and Georgie likely came up with lots of ideas. And when you come up with fun, interesting ideas, you try to squeeze all those ideas into another film. And the worst thing you can do in film making is put in too much. There's a reason Roger Ebert says 2001 "inspires our awe." There's a reason why satires like Airplane will always trump Meet the Spartans. These movies kept things simple -- to a degree. And the one thing Indiana Jones KOTCS seems to do real well, is go overboard.
I haven't seen the film, but I plan to this weekend. If only for the same reason people slow down for car crashes. I want to see how badly they ruined a good thing. If you saw it and care to debunk the critics, and my own negative thoughts, please share.
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