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Monday, September 10, 2007


That's the title of the fourth Indiana Jones movie. Shia LaBeouf announced it live during the MTV Video Music Awards and Lucasfilm quickly confirmed it with a press release.

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull? Hmmmmm... I don't like it. Sounds way too long and positively hokey. If the title is referring to this crystal skull, then I'm kind of disappointed 'cuz there's much better artifacts out there waiting to be MacGuffins for a good Indiana Jones story. The "crystal skulls" thing to me always seemed on the same level of wacky as Chariots of the Gods? or the Lost Continent of Mu. In this final(?) movie installment, why couldn't Indy be sent looking for the Lance of Longinus or the Tooth of Buddha or the Mormon Plates or the Cloak of Muhammad?

But then, these are just the thoughts of a guy who's always said that Indiana Jones and the Sons of Darkness was a pretty good read... so what do I know? :-P

EDIT 7:22 a.m. EST: Okay now that the initial shock has passed I must admit: I kind of like this title. Why? Because it occurred to me during the night that when Spielberg and Lucas set out to make Raiders of the Lost Ark all those years ago, they intended that movie to be a homage to those classic serials that they and all the other kids of their generation used to flock to the local theater to see on Saturday afternoons. And those flicks usually had pretty outrageous titles, like Drums of Fu Manchu and Secret Service in Darkest Africa. Kingdom of the Crystal Skull sounds like it's got that same kind of vibe, just with "Indiana Jones" tacked onto it. I know: this is basically the identical argument that Lucas used to sell us The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones... but those wound up working well. So by the same merit, I'll have to say that I'm starting to dig Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.


qemuel said...

Doesn't roll off of the tongue very smoothly, does it? We'll see...

Chris Knight said...

jp-30 on the TheForce.net boards commented that this movie's title can be abbreviated as "Indiana Jones and the KOCS" :-P

qemuel said...


Malsy (THE Moe of DMOE) said...

Awesome abreviation- gotta say the Mormon plates storyline does sound AWESOME! but that would be our family now, and sometimes, we're just not right.