Oh Noooooooes

Filed under:Movies,Not Cool — posted by Anwyn on May 8, 2008 @ 1:21 pm

AICN–AICNis panning Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull.

The Great Conflict looms: See it, and potentially have to pretend it doesn’t exist, like the last three Star Wars films, just so I can say I’ve seen it? Don’t see it, and keep my Indy memories intact?

Oh, Spielberg, what the hell were you thinking? Whose fault is this? Given the comments about the CGI, I’ll go out on a limb: Lucas’s. Given the comments about the lines that don’t work and the bad acting, though, I guess it’s going to have to be: both. I have a sneaking suspicion, too, that the reason it took so long to come up with a good script, despite going through a raft of good screenwriters, is that Lucas and Spielberg are no longer comfortable with any villains, even the obviously evil ones they used to use, unless those villains include the U.S. or its henchmen. That’s what I thought when I watched the first trailer, anyway, but I could be way off base.

We’ll see. Come on, Kyle Smith, tell me soon whether I can expect to have a few more of my youthful memories corrupted–at least you’re getting paid to risk it firsthand.


  1. I’m seeing it a week from Sunday.

    Comment by Kyle — May 8, 2008 @ 2:46 pm

  2. Thanks for the heads-up; I’ll look forward to your review. With fear and trembling, but forward nevertheless.

    Comment by Anwyn — May 8, 2008 @ 3:37 pm

  3. I recommend “Iron Man.” Just saw it. Lots of fun, and it actually features an evil villain or two. Kind of sad that’s so rare these days.

    Comment by Slublog — May 8, 2008 @ 8:35 pm

  4. It’s easy – and fun – at this point to blame Lucas, but I think blame will be shared by the triumverate (Ford, Spielberg and Lucas) if this one is a clunker. We’re all hoping “Indy 4” wasn’t a project about the money – that the principals loved the character, the adventure, more than any easy payday. But having read about the profit sharing deals attached to the film and the early reviews, I’m skeptical.

    Still, I’ll be glued to my seat at the critic’s screening next Sunday hoping the early bad buzz is just Internet noise.

    Comment by Christian Toto — May 9, 2008 @ 11:06 am

  5. Feh! If I want to watch a doofus in a fedora, I prefer Secret Squirrel.

    Comment by nk — May 9, 2008 @ 6:55 pm

  6. You’re so right about the lack of villains other than the Evil Empire itself, the USA. All 57 states.

    It’s hard to find anything to watch. I had hopes for this movie, too, but heroes who have aged don’t always age well.

    Comment by Anne — May 12, 2008 @ 8:21 am

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