Fascinating in how much clarity it brings to the tug of war between Indy's creators, and a showcase in how far Spielberg's grown in sophistication—drawing literary allusions to everything from Treasure Island to King Solomon's Mines. We have a relic that works as an emblem for Indiana Jones himself—an ancient, out-of-this-world artifact that must be reunited with its brethren for its true power to be actualized.
Someone (maybe Tag Gallagher?) once said that romantic comedies are comedies of remarriage, and that Voyage to Italy, as a drama of remarriage, would be much harder to make. If that is the case, then imagine how difficult it would have been to make this, an adventure film of remarriage!
Aliens have absolutely nothing to do with how terrible this film is. How about the soulless action sequences with unbelievable special effects and the idiotic simplicity of the plot? Everything felt too sterile for the kiddies. A needless sequel. Worst of the series, by far. It makes Temple of Doom look like Citizen Kane.
Let's be honest, Raiders was a pretty good idea, the other 3 are just iterations on the theme. It's not high art, but I thought this one was just as entertaining as the first 3 minus the nostalgia factor.
Jones does not intuitively recognise anything amiss in Toy Town because he perceives the ideology signified by the facsimile to bastardise life as completely as the grotesque mannequins themselves. But after an existence of being tossed around, by others and himself, the battered old man's love for the institutions that gave him purpose is unrequited. Only in breaking from the US can he discover its domestic ideal.
I've realized that everything wrong with this installment falls to animals. Gophers, ants...monkeys. Jumping from the supernatural to aliens was jarring, and there wasn't enough of the ambiguity that I love in the earlier films.
One of the most disappointing cinema experiences I can remember. And I saw it on my Birthday! Why cast Shia Leboef? Why start the film with a pointless CGI gofer? Why the aliens? The script is a mess and the set pieces are dull. Tragic miss-step from Spielberg.