"Indy" remorse

"Indy" remorse

Posted by Sean Stangland on Fri, 05/23/2008 - 22:18

It's Day Two of the "Indy" aftermath, and I have to tell you that I feel just horrible. It gives me no pleasure to tell people that I did not like "Kingdom of the Crystal Skull," unlike the trolls that are bashing it on sites like AICN. Even worse is the feeling that others are disappointed in me for not liking it. My sister, who is a bona fide "Indy" fanatic, looked positively crestfallen after she looked in my direction when the movie ended. She had a big smile on her face and an enthusiastic thumbs-up, but that changed when I looked at her and just shook my head.

I feel like I'm being a bit of a party-pooper; a colleague here at work asked me if I had no sense of childlike joy, which of course I do have, but it was foiled at every turn by bad decision after bad decision on the part of "Indy's" filmmakers. I can understand why people want to love this movie -- check out this glowing four-star rave from some-time DH film writer Michael Wilmington -- and I wanted to love it too, but it just didn't click for me. In a year that has already brought us the reinvention of the monster movie ("Cloverfield") and perhaps the best superhero flick ever ("Iron Man"), "Indiana Jones" needed to be more than just a fun romp to win my undying geek love.

Maybe I just need to see it again, but I have no real desire to do so. And to think that last year I saw "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" twice in one day; what a difference 19 years of expectations make.

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