Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Jonesin'

You knew it was only a matter of time before folks started talking about another Indiana Jones flick, and AICN had a post yesterday claiming to reveal the next movie's plot, with the promise of less CGI and a return to the old school filmmaking that made the original three so beloved.  Honestly, considering that we heard Indy IV chatter for more than a decade before the movie even came out, and most of it differed significantly from what we actually got, I'll believe this when I'm walking out of the theater.

Still, given the global box office tally for Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, and given the continuing stagnation in Harrison Ford's career, it does seem more likely than not that Professor Jones will be running-and-jumping on the big screen at least one more time.  It also seems that the audience is still there -- albeit a little warier after the collective crotch-kick we all experienced last time.

To wit, here's my buddy Brian Hall summing up the sequel's challenge:
If it IS true, then the plot definitely sounds more on track with the correct tone of an Indiana Jones film. The only problem is that all of the childlike reverence and goodwill we entered the theater with back in the summer of 2008 has been used up and left for dead in the mud. I can only imagine that seeing this film would be comparable to what it's like when your significant other cheats on you, then apologizes and you try to give it one more shot but things are never really the same afterward, no matter how hard they try.

Still - call it optimism or just being naive - but part of me hopes that all involved have learned from their mistakes and can still make something worth seeing and have me leaving the theater saying, "now that's more like it."
And while I personally don't have a problem with Shia LaBeouf returning to reprise his role as Indy's son, Henry "Mutt" Jones III, Brian explains why the franchise has to give the ol' heave-ho to LaBeef:
After a horrific car accident, I doubt you'd keep your wrecked car in the driveway. It would only remind you of how awful that moment was. Time to get a new car.
I guess you can't argue with that.

2 comments:

Brian said...

Your ideas are intriguing to me and I wish to subscribe to your newsletter.

Omar A. said...

Nice comments Brian and Zaki! I love how I saw this post through Brian's Facebook feed, then I went and visited Zaki's blog, only to see Brian quoted! :)

Regarding Indy 5, I'd love to see it. I would hate for KOTCS (which I thought was absolutely horrendous) to be the last outing.