The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was widely anticipated by Indy fans everywhere. Who wouldn’t want to see the continuing adventures of Dr. Jones and his friends? So it’s no surprise that the actual movie failed to live up to the hype, being a by-the-numbers Indy film closer to Temple of Doom than to the other films. Even for an Indy adventure there were several wildly improbable events that occurred (refrigerator vs. nuke for instance) and the character moments seemed like the writers were aping the originals, not capturing the essence. Still, the movie raked in over $700 billion worldwide so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that another movie would be in the works.
Which is exactly what ‘star’ Shia LeBeouf is hinting at when he says that Speilberg has ‘cracked the story‘ for film #5.
All I can say is: For the love of all that is holy, stop while you’re still ahead! Kingdom may not have ruined Indy’s reputation, but it sure didn’t do him any favors. And with Harrison Ford being a few years older, good old Indy is just that, old, and won’t be able to carry the film anymore. Instead we’ll get Shia LeBeouf playing a more prominent role. To paraphrase Lloyd Bentsen, “I know Indian Jones. Shia, you are no Indy, hell, you’re no Harrison Ford!”
I realize there is still money to be made here, but please, Steven, let Indy ride off into the sunset in peace and let us remember him and his adventures with fondness and glee, after all, we can watch them anytime we want. Don’t don’t don’t milk his story for one more lackluster picture. Maybe you can do it, but I don’t see the magic being as strong now as it was in the past. A fifth Indy film that bombs will only tarnish the image and leave a bad taste in many people’s mouth. After all, I’d rather remember Indy escaping from a giant boulder coming to crush him rather than his son being attacked by a bunch of monkeys.
Do the right thing here Steven, hang up the hat.