not a surprise about the reviews, but i still don't think(like some people have said) that this will be the biggest movie of the summer. i actually think iron man will be #2...and TDK #1. i've loved the entire trilogy(can only say that for a few more weeks) but this one should probably be the last for Harrison, he just doesn't look the part anymore. sad...but i'm still holding out hope the rest of the cast and storyline make up for believing he can do any sort of action stunts whatsoever. who knows...
May 12 - 05:48 AM
The problem with the age thing isn't so much the age itself but the way it looks like it is being handled. At first I thought maybe it was going to be a major plot point and possibly even have something to say about growing old, not in an overly deep way, but it would be nice to have Indy grow old gracefully. Kind of like how 'Rocky Balboa' handled it. Instead it seems like the age thing is only there for jokes to made about it and Indy can still fight like he did 19 years ago. Even worse increased effects technology, stunt work included, makes it seem like he is pulling of even more outrageous stunts, the whip stunt in the wharehouse, than he did is his younger days. It just looks silly.
That all said I'm sure I'll still like the film but perhaps only because my expectations are very low.
May 12 - 07:30 AM
Uh-oh I was worried about this. I REALLY hope George Lucas doesn't ruin another great franchise. Still it's just a couple of online reviews.
May 12 - 07:32 AM
umm, as i've said since reading the spoilers months ago, as soon as people find out what the kingdom of the crystal skull actually is, they're gonna be upset. i have a feeling i will be hearing just as many boos as applause when the credits roll, and i'll be one of the people heckling if this doesn't deliver. there is no excuse for drudging up an old franchise (one which ended with 'the last crusade' no less) 20 years after the fact with a 65-year-old action hero (is that an oxymoron?) unless the material being presented is nothing short of stellar. anything less just comes off as a lame money-making scam devised by studios so desperate that apparently anything from the 80's (including dormant franchises and mediocre TV shows) is now considered potentially bankable. thanks 'transformers.' so i remain cautiously optimistic (i mean this IS spielberg, who can essentially do whatever project he wants), but i worry that george lucas had too much of a hand in this. i think the big 'pay-off' will let audiences down, whereas the pay-out to the fat-cat suits will be substantial. and no, the end doesn't justify the means.
May 12 - 07:33 AM
While I agree with a lot of the skepticism, I'm forced to remind folks (who, by their posts either don't know or have forgotten) that George Lucas has had the same role in ALL of the Indiana Jones movies- Exec Producer and all-around 'idea-man.' He was there from the beginning, coming up with the story ideas and doing a lot of the 'grunt' work to make the Indy films. The ones we liked.
Keep in mind, I pretty much lead the charge in the 'George Lucas is a TERRIBLE director' camp and have been consistent about my utter disdain for the heart-breakingly mediocre second Star Wars trilogy. So all I'm saying is that if this sucks, it will only PARTLY due to GL.
May 12 - 08:10 AM
A voice of reason!
May 12 - 08:36 AM
TStoneDog...i know he has the same role but seeing the franchise PUKE out so much stuff in the past year(lego game, lego indiana jones, action figures, etc etc etc...) it just makes me think Lucas wants to milk this bad boy for all its worth. and sorry but whenever MONEY is the major factor in a movie...its bound to destroy the entertainment aspect.
i will be the first to admit...seeing the trailer for Clone Wars before seeing Speed Racer...was intriguing. its JUST as cartoony as the prequels but at least they acknowledge they're going for that look this time. but obi wan NEVER spoke in the trailer, or at least i didn't hear my boy Ewan's voice. if he's not in it...and they're cheapskates using a KINDALIKEewan voice...then it shouldn't even be released in theaters. whatever happened to people who want to entertain their audience...not steal 10 bucks from them by making a decent trailer...or having a decent concept for a movie.
May 12 - 08:43 AM
I dont buy this, these are probably the fans who hated it when they first heard about it. I still think its going to amazing, and I already got my midnight show tickets. I mean really do u think Spielberg, lucas, and ford would wait to do a movie this long while knowing it would be crap, do i have to tell any of u the answer. My hopes are still high, and I wont listen to what anyone has to say about it til I have my say.
May 12 - 08:49 AM
The Indiana Jones franchise is a legacy among filmgoers. It redefined what made movies so great back in the day. Light-entertainment with a heart. I'm telling each and everyone one of you right now... Spielberg will not dissapoint the fans. The critics...Almost guaranteed, but for all of those who loved the originals, just don't take it like a serious sequel but like a flasshback to the good old days. Trust me! Look at Bruce Willis in Live Free or Die Hard. He is getting up there in age (yes, not quite as old as Harry) but he pulled the movie off. Many argue it was one of the weaker films in the series but few cna argue they didn't have a good time. This movie will be good!
May 12 - 09:30 AM
Ummm...critics liked the first three so, if the fourth one is similar why wouldn't they like it? Contrary what some people may think critics have no problem praising good action films. The Bourne Ultimatum got a 93% on RT and Live Free or Die Hard got an 80%.
May 12 - 10:07 AM
I would love it if this movie is awesome but I just can't imagine that it will be. The previews kind of remind of an Indiana Jonsed version of Lethal Weapon (I'm too old for this ****) and I am already tired of it. I seriously doubt that this will be the biggest movie of the summer as the wad has already been blown, Iron Man already is the biggest and comic flicks rule the roost at the moment...I wouldn't be surprised if The Incredible Hulk will out perform this. And whoever observed that they are just doing this for $$$ is absolutely right...no need to hate on that as Spielberg/Lucas practically invented this sort of marketing model (toys, games, tie-ins, et. al.) so griping about that is like complaining that you're sick of the sky always being some shade of light blue.
May 12 - 09:38 AM
opTIMus, aren't you that guy who can't even read Harry Potter books?
May 12 - 10:34 PM
Whether or not these reviews or legit, I will say that the trailers for the movie don't excite me. The trailers definitely don't reveal much, which probably is a good thing, but I don't find anything of particular interest either other than the fact it's Indiana Jones. Having said that, it doesn't really matter since the character is the selling point and will draw lots of money - mine included - on that alone.
May 12 - 09:43 AM
I think the far more disturbing story than bad reviews on AICN is how AICN a site which has shaky credentials at best especially when it comes to posting early reviews is becoming a legitimate source for the mainstream press. In addition to the New York Times story linked above, The Guardian of London also published a very similar story. National newspapers taking at face value reviews from sites which quite frequently carry plants should be highly disturbing to anyone cares about movies or the film industry.
May 12 - 10:14 AM
this story is not being fair at all...do you know why???
Because ONLY ONE review of indy 4 on AICN.com is negative. There is also a mixed review and TWO VERY POSITIVE REVIEWS OF THE MOVIE on the exact same site!!!! go and see before you judge and post stupid stories like this....oh and by the way there is also a very positive review on funkycollectibles.com and another positive one on IMDB..so there!
May 12 - 01:41 PM
May 12 - 01:42 PM
Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side kid...I'll wait until May 18th for the authorized reviews to come out. For all we know, this could be a clever plot by Lucas & friends to get people's blood boiling. How do we know for sure these reviews are legit?
May 12 - 03:16 PM
Okay, a lot of you on this message board, save for a few (slyckTom, dominem, insaneman, tstonedog, and others), seem like you just want to criticize George Lucas. Don't get me wrong, I completely agree, the man doesn't make that great of movies, but SPIELBERG, not lucas, is directing this movie.
I for one don't pay the slightest bit of attention to these negative reviews, because every complaint that they guy made (no tension, lackluster action, under used characters) all seem to be a bunch of BS to me. How do we know that he's not just some guy wanting publicity, or perhaps someone who claims to be a fan but secretly hates the franchise and wants to give it a bad name? Now I don't know if this is the case, but I do know that Lucas is involved in the same way with this movie as he was with the original trilogy, and those movies were thouroughly entertaining. Spielberg will not let us down. These reviews don't convince me in the slightest, and some of you (no offense intended) seem to only be here to criticize George Lucas. I'm sorry, but I'm pretty sure that his involvement won't ruin this movie. It didn't ruin the first three!
May 12 - 03:44 PM
Totally agree with ya... People are forgetting the amazing Spielberg directed this!!! It will be amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
May 12 - 07:20 PM
I don't see anything wrong with making fun of his age. If you remember correctly his having too many miles on his body was a joke back in Raiders of the Lost Ark.
I don't think Ford and Spielberg are out to waste their time and names so i think everyone should relax. Spielberg takes his work very seriously and i don't think Ford would take a dump on Indiana Jones, by far his greatest character ever and one of the greatest characters of all time.
I would be willing to bet the negative reviewer is just someone that wanted to see his material getting noticed and he knew that us moronic americans thrive on negativity.
May 12 - 05:34 PM
Kinda hard to review a film that hasn't been shown to anyone yet! This appears to be another idiot who thinks he can review a film based on the trailer or something, I don't buy it.
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