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Indy IV [Jun. 24th, 2007|11:08 am]
Tony Grist

Indy's back. The IVth Indiana Jones movie has just started filming- with Harrison Ford putting on the famous hat and Spielberg directing and a crowd of famous Brits in supporting roles. It was ever thus.

Indy doesn't seem to  exercise fandom the way Star Wars does. I suppose thats because imagination can range more freely over a galaxy far far away than around archaeological sites in the near East. Nevertheless the Indy films are better than the Star Wars films. The first of them remains the peerless avatar of the summer blockbuster- fast, furious and- what so few of them are- endlessly inventive.

The sequels fell off a bit. Number II with its Kali-worshippers- straight out of Wilkie Collins- had a distracting whiff of racism about it. Number III- with Sean Connery  pumping up the star power- clawed back a fair bit of lost ground and was everything the Da Vinci Code should have been but wasn't. 

It's almost too obvious to need saying, but the reason the Indy films remain the best things of their kind is that Spielberg is a very great director. 

There's a picture from the set here. Harrison has the peachy skin and softened features of the undeniably old codger he now is.  Here's hoping the storyline takes account of this. I hate movies in which men in their sixties hang by one hand from ledges while young women cling to their ankles. What I want from this movie- apart from the thrills I'm sure it will deliver-  is an acknowledgement of failing powers- a touch of poignancy.


[User Picture]From: shullie
2007-06-24 12:11 pm (UTC)
OOooooOOooooo I can't wait. i always prefered the Indi films....

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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2007-06-24 01:34 pm (UTC)
I'm not usually excited by sequels, but this is one I'm looking forward to.
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[User Picture]From: solar_diablo
2007-06-24 01:45 pm (UTC)
Raiders of the Lost Ark endures as one of my favorite films of all time.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2007-06-24 01:54 pm (UTC)
I think it's an almost faultless piece or work.
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[User Picture]From: qos
2007-06-24 03:04 pm (UTC)
I love the caption of the page: The Man With the Hat is Back!

Raiders of the Lost Ark came out the summer I was sixteen years old and dating for the first time. We lived in a smallish town long before the days of multiplexes, and we saw it at least four times because there was not a lot to do -- and because it was so very much fun.

I completely agree with your assessments of the other two films -- although I would add that Kate Capshaw's shrill, whiny, vain Willie is another reason to avoid it.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2007-06-24 04:08 pm (UTC)
Raiders of the Lost Ark was a hard act to follow. Sometimes there's room for sequels to improve on their originals, but not here. Raiders is as near perfect as it's possible for a film to be.
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From: senordildo
2007-06-25 07:59 am (UTC)
Ah, but isn't everything better than the Star Wars films?
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2007-06-25 08:22 am (UTC)
You raise an important question....

I've found myself shifting more and more to that opinion the more the Star Wars cult has grown. But the truth is I rather enjoyed the first movie when it first came out. It was different and fresh and a whole lot of fun- and it had Alec Guinness in it! If Lucas could have rung down the curtain at the close of his first trilogy- when he was still ahead- I'd be more of a fan than I now am.
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[User Picture]From: besideserato
2007-06-27 09:00 pm (UTC)
I LOVE Indy and I can't wait to see it either! Here's to hoping that the story does take into account the passage of time. Yes!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2007-06-27 09:33 pm (UTC)
I understand it's going to be set in the '50s. So Indy can be presumed to have aged 10 years or so since his last outing. I guess there won't be any nazis though.
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