Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Indiana Jones

Saw it last night. Kinda sucky. Watch it on cable when it comes out if you are interested. But don't pay to see it. It just isn't worth the hassle. More evidence that Lucas has lost whatever magic he had back in the 80s. Not that we needed any more evidence. The Episodes 1-3 of Star Wars were an unmitigated disaster. He really hasn't made any good movies since Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (or Willow if you didn't like that one). That's almost 2 decades of crappy, yet commercially viable work.

Anyway, I won't give any spoilers here. What I will say is that when one becomes so fascinated by what technology can do, to the extent that one forgets that stories need to be compelling and at least marginally believable, acting needs to be good, and enemies need to be credible, one becomes...George Lucas. And that's a bad thing. Lucas is Hollywood's best special effects guy who unfortunately thinks he can not only write, but also direct. And he's likely a billionaire because of his Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises (and subsequent production companies). He'll always be credited as a legend for those two franchises but in my mind, his legendary status ended in the 80s.


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