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It’s Time For Indy To Hang Up His Hat, For Good

indy-boulder.jpgThe 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.

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12 Comments on It’s Time For Indy To Hang Up His Hat, For Good

  1. ohnonotagain // June 17, 2009 at 5:06 pm //

    Kingdom may not have ruined Indy’s reputation

    If not, it’s only because so many Indy fans (myself included) refuse to ackowledge the existence of the 4th film. Let’s just hope that Speilberg doesn’t pull a Lucas and decide to go back and ‘improve’ the original trilogy.

  2. preach it brother!

  3. Nah, it’s time for Sean Patrick Flanery to star in an Indy movie. He’s about the age Ford was in the original films.

  4. I saw 4 in the movie theatre.  It was a bunch of excessive nonsense and I remember falling asleep in the middle of it.

  5. Hal Duncan // June 17, 2009 at 6:15 pm //

    Maybe I’m a little out of touch, but when I heard about the fourth movie, I thought, “Who is Shia LeBeouf?”


    Then when I saw the fourth movie, I thought, “Why is Shia LeBeouf?”

  6. I have to agree with Hal Duncan. Shia LeBeouf is terrible. Don’t understand why he’s cast in anything.  Certainly no Indy replacement. If there’s going to be another Indy movie the lead character should be recast with a younger actor. Ford’s too old for a action movie lead.

  7. I don’t mean to be over critical… but Shia friggin’ LeBeouf? The only reason I saw “Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” was becaue it starred Harrison Ford– and it was awful. There is no way I’m putting out money to see LeBeouf try and play Indy (or Mutt…whatever his name is). Gah. 

  8. Moonbase_Alpha // June 17, 2009 at 8:12 pm //

    it made $700 BILLION worldwide? no wonder they want to make more πŸ˜‰

  9. The funny thing I remember noticing with INdy 4 was…even older and slower, Harrison Ford is STILL more badass than Shia La Bouf.

    Who is apparently a “rising action star.”

    Hah. He’s friggin’ Even Stephens, and that’s it.

    (and having thus spoken, Pete the crotchety old man stomps off)

    That said, Speilberg DOES do some good stories sometimes, some good work. He hasn’t resorted to the level of dross that Lucas has. So I give him a little more leeway. I’m more likely to go to the theaters and still see a good Spielberg film. So he could still turn out something fantastic, Indy-wise.

    And frankly, I think we should have brought Short-Round back, before we brought Shia La Bouf into the mix.

  10. $700 billion worldwide

    you mean ‘million’? πŸ˜‰

  11. Maybe I meant $700 Million dollars, or possibly $700 billion yen. 

    Whichever works for you!

  12. In yens it would be ¥700, not $.

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