Sunday, February 5, 2023

‘Indiana Jones 4’: Everything That’s Still Good About ‘The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull’, What Didn’t Work and What the Fifth Could Do to Avoid Falling into the Same Trap as Steven Spielberg

Shooting an Indiana Jones movie almost 20 years after the end of the trilogy seemed like a good idea, but more time has passed since the release of ‘Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. These types of sequels seem like a red flag and now his memory is back Thank you for the anticipation of ‘Indiana Jones and the Dial of Fate,’ opening in June.

Now 15 years have passed between the sequels. only 4 less than what happened between the 4th and ‘Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade’ (1989), and again, like that time, it’s done A period full of rumours, lies start and stop, Only now original director Steven Spielberg isn’t back and George Lucas, co-writer of that one, has also stayed away from his creation.

The fourth film was a box office success, grossing $790.6 million against a $180 million budget. was generally well received by critics upon release, and most agreed that, without reinventing the wheel, it was delivered and fun. In fact, it maintains a 78% on Rotten Tomatoes, although now, we have the memory that it was rejected and heavily mistreated, and the voices that begin to re-evaluate it are beginning to come out. It’s not too late.

On the eve of the new installment, many have now discovered that the previous one might not have been so bad after all and there is some demand to eliminate the ghosts of fans and casual viewers who are putting the film on lists of worst or most disappointing sequels. . Years passed fifteen years. Some even talk about Steven Spielberg’s worst movie ever. The truth is that after this wave of recognition, good things remain from seeing the film from the present, but that Your problems have become more pronounced over time.

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You have to start from the ground up to understand that this is not accidental. Frank Darabont originally wrote a draft titled ‘Indiana Jones and the City of the Gods’ featuring a failed hero who would get drunk and have difficulty fighting while exploring the city of Atlantis. Lucas completely rewrote the script with David Koepp, who was never completely convinced. of adding aliens, and they added Mutt, and Indy didn’t shoot anyone and barely used his whip.

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One of the reasons Spielberg was so hesitant to return as a director was because Lucas’s insistence on “interdimensional beings”, which he renamed to convince his friend that they were not visitors from another world, even though they were in a UFO and looked like the typical aliens popularized by their colleague in their third episode. It makes sense narratively, since it takes place in the ’50s, but it’s a major part of why the director isn’t very inspired. He himself recognized this in 2011, “elegantly” leaving responsibility for the result to Lucas:

“I didn’t want these things to be aliens or interdependent beings. But I’m loyal to my best friend. When he writes a story he believes in, even if I don’t believe it, I tell him I’ll shoot the movie the way George envisioned it. I’ll add my own touches, I’ll bring in my actors, I’ll shoot it the way I want, but I’ll always refer to George as the narrator of the indie series .

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don’t lose your temper and It is impossible to ignore that we are talking about a film by a great man, and as such, it is full of good moments.The scene of Area 51 and like everything else that happens at Marshall College, the setting, the musical taste, and of course the action. The sequence where Indy fights a Russian thug with deadly ants lets you hold the camera steady and let you watch the action. Now, many of those scenes are shot with scrambled cameras, dribbling shots, and unclear editing.

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Plus, the warehouse sequence is one of the funniest in the entire franchise. Harrison Ford also returned to the role with grace and improved form in most of his projects that decade. It was also a good idea to cast Cate Blanchett, who wrote a great villain. but Spielberg lost control when he let Lucas run the project, There are some awkward moments, like the one in the fridge, that were the director’s responsibility, but at least it’s funny.

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However, the problems have not been resolved with time but have become age-old. The script is a collection of concepts from the saga, and the production seems to have been rushed, and Spielberg had not had a project since 2005 or until 2011. Producer Kathleen Kennedy Admits It Publicly in 2022:

“Everyone wanted to make a great film. And sometimes you hit it perfectly and sometimes you don’t. In the case of ‘Indie 4’, I don’t think any of us remember anything special.” Except we probably didn’t have as strong a story as we wanted.”


Collection, ‘Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull’ It’s Filled With Some Terrific Moments That Even Janusz Kaminski’s Photography Doesn’t Measure Up To, There are shots of filming sets and landscapes rather than actual environments that are very noticeable, there are scenes that are perceived as a stage video game and in general, the influence of George Lucas with the technology from the prequel trilogy is full. Worth noting ‘Star Wars’.

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The excess of CGI is noticeable, and now he sings a lot more. It wasn’t particularly impressive when the movie came out, but by today’s standards it’s terrible. And not only because of rendering or texture, it’s usage, its arbitrariness. Right from the start there is something that clashes with the rest of the films in the trilogy. The Paramount logo fades into a small herd with a digital prairie dog. The balance of puppies ends with three scenes with them throughout the film.,


Then there are CG waterfalls, digital monkeys, a liana scene that looks like it’s from a bad video game, ants eating a villain, a retouched sword fight… some things seem out of habit. Huh. But in general, there is a feeling that the sequel is reducing the interest, tension and spirit of the pulp adventure, which was a blockbuster of its era, not the best for commercial cinema.


and it is One of the many challenges facing James Mangold as Spielberg as a director In the next Indiana Jones movie. From what can be seen in the trailer, there are no less “digital veneers” and green screen visuals, and to some extent it looks like another blockbuster. But by applying some of the earthy atmosphere of his ‘Logan’ and the tangible reality of the ‘Ford vs. Ferrari’ vertical, he could lead a fourth part, if the script’s unit quotient has been saved. Part one, without losing your sense of humour. Achieving such a balance does not seem easy.

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