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Old Yesterday, 03:55 PM   #526
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I would argue that Jumanji had a nostalgia factor going for it that Indy really doesn't have at this point. If the last film in the Indy series had been LC, you'd have that nostalgia factor. But a subpar last entry is both too recent to still burn and too far away to have the series be relevant (especially to younger people**). Jumanji had the lingering ghost of Robin Williams and the novelty of there being a Jumanji film without him as well, plus the star power of the Rock. It's not a novelty seeing Harrison Ford play one of his golden oldies on screen again anymore (ala Han Solo or Deckard). Jumanji also had an unsullied brand name, whereas KOTCS hurt the Indy brand.

This makes no sense, either.

The Star Wars prequels were much more hurtful to the Star Wars brand than Kingdom of the Crystal Skull ever was.

Yet...did the prequels hurt the success of The Force Awakens? No. Because the film looked good.

Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was far more positively reviewed critically than any prequel and among general audiences, it fared quite well. It divided die hards - but still - the damage is not irreparable.

By your logic, this new Star Wars trilogy should be a flop because the prequels damaged the Star Wars brand both so badly and so very recently. But it's not. Far from it.

The new Star Wars films marketed to the nostalgic sensibilities of the original three films. Why can't a next Indy? You could argue that card was played with the last one - but the same thing was played when the prequels were marketed. So it's obvious it can work twice.

Your arguments don't make sense once they're actually looked at closely. And this coming from a guy who thinks a 5th film is too little, too late. I should be on your side - but your arguments stink.

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You also can't rule out again, the laws of supply and demand. Look at the Solo movie. There was no demand for that film to happen - no one, really, outside of SW diehards, was all that interested in seeing a Han Solo prequel. And now it's expected to underperform. Where is the demand for an Indy 5? Why SHOULD the public want it? What need or space is it filling?

Star Wars have had at least one major film release for the last 3 years and with Solo, it will be 4 years of major releases in a row.

You can't use Solo: A Star Wars Story as an example of low demand for Indiana Jones.

The lack of enthusiasm for Solo has more to do with the excessive milking of Star Wars and the abundance of product the last 4 or 5 years. Indy has only had one major release since 1989. It's not remotely the same.

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Meh. His star power couldn't save Blade Runner.

Blade Runner was already a niche film, though. It became a cult classic hit eventually. Hardly comparable to Indiana Jones that was a widespread hit out of the gate that demanded two sequels in under 8 years.

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Also, there's not as much nostalgia for the 1930s-1950s as there was in the 80s, 90s, and 00s.

So what? The time period is the setting and the setting is a character. It's not there for nostalgic purposes but for a storytelling purpose.
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Old Yesterday, 04:31 PM   #527
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This makes no sense, either.

The Star Wars prequels were much more hurtful to the Star Wars brand than Kingdom of the Crystal Skull ever was.

Yet...did the prequels hurt the success of The Force Awakens? No. Because the film looked good.

Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was far more positively reviewed critically than any prequel and among general audiences, it fared quite well. It divided die hards - but still - the damage is not irreparable.

By your logic, this new Star Wars trilogy should be a flop because the prequels damaged the Star Wars brand both so badly and so very recently. But it's not. Far from it.

The new Star Wars films marketed to the nostalgic sensibilities of the original three films. Why can't a next Indy? You could argue that card was played with the last one - but the same thing was played when the prequels were marketed. So it's obvious it can work twice.

Your arguments don't make sense once they're actually looked at closely. And this coming from a guy who thinks a 5th film is too little, too late. I should be on your side - but your arguments stink.



Star Wars have had at least one major film release for the last 3 years and with Solo, it will be 4 years of major releases in a row.

You can't use Solo: A Star Wars Story as an example of low demand for Indiana Jones.

The lack of enthusiasm for Solo has more to do with the excessive milking of Star Wars and the abundance of product the last 4 or 5 years. Indy has only had one major release since 1989. It's not remotely the same.



Blade Runner was already a niche film, though. It became a cult classic hit eventually. Hardly comparable to Indiana Jones that was a widespread hit out of the gate that demanded two sequels in under 8 years.



So what? The time period is the setting and the setting is a character. It's not there for nostalgic purposes but for a storytelling purpose.

There's a big difference with TFA, though. TFA was the brainchild of a new creative team (along with one holdover, that being Kasdan, who is beloved by the fans) which helped to inspire hype and hope. The removal of Lucas from the process in totality made fans both hopeful and curious about the project. Indy 5 shares virtually the same team as KOTCS, even down to the screenwriter who gave us the horrid KOTCS script.

Also, TFA was more exciting than the prequels, and more exciting than Indy 5 in that it was something fans had wanted to see for over thirty years: The return of Han, Luke and Leia. The last time anyone had seen them in theaters, most in the audience were either children or not even born. That was a massive sell for that film.

This film will conceivably have Harrison in some way (how much remains to be seen) but that's not really comparable to having three beloved characters that audiences literally grew up with over half a decade back on screen for the first time in 33 years.

You say the prequels used nostalgia - yes, to a degree - but it's nowhere near in the same league as seeing having Han, Luke, and Leia back. Those characters defined the childhoods of millions. I think it was always pretty clear R2 and 3PO would be back in some way in the prequels. Other than easter eggs and seeing Boba Fett as a kid there wasn't all that much pandering to nostalgia in hindsight. TFA had the main cast of the original trilogy, Imperial ships we grew up loving, the Millenium Falcon, storm troopers, and so on; it was soaked in nostalgic elements as much as it was with new things.

So take those two elements and you have a much different hook and hype angle than Indy 5.

KOTCS may have been received better by critics but I think the fanbase and general public responded to it much differently than the critics. This was a film that inspired the whole South Park episode involving Indy being raped. Even the prequels have a sizable fanbase, whereas the ranks of KOTCS' defenders are rather slim in comparison. If we're really going by reviewers' rankings, KOTCS is lower on RT than ROTS. The fact that the prequels, for all their flaws, went out on what is generally considered a strong footing with that film, compared with the whimper that KOTCS went out with, also helped to undo some of the damage from the previous two films.

Also consider that there has been quite a bit of reassessment of those films in the almost 20 years since they've come out - some positive, some negative. They're not met with indifference; KOTCS is. You either love or hate the prequels it seems whereas KOTCS seems to get a general "meh."

Sure, part of Solo's problems stem from Star Wars fatigue - no denying that. But I'm on multiple geeky sort of sites and the consensus I saw regarding the film was basically "Why?" It doesn't seem to me like there was any real hype for Solo, even aside from any SW fatigue - it wasn't a story that really needed to be told or that fans seemed to crave. Compare this to the hype all over the web for a possible Kenobi film.

I mean even on this site, I don't think there's all that much enthusiasm for Indy 5 - certainly not compared to what there was for KOTCS before it came out. And this is a site for diehards who would have more enthusiasm than most for a fifth film; I simply don't see that excitement radiating much elsewhere, either.

The markets and fanbases for Star Wars, as compared to Indy, are simply not comparable. It's like comparing a galaxy to a single star system in terms of size and the makeup of the fanbases.

I'm confident in predicting that it will make around 750 million when all is said and done - give or take ten million or so. Respectable, but not a blockbuster in today's billion dollar world.
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Old Yesterday, 04:36 PM   #528
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I'll respond more to that later (are you capable of condensing things...?) but to suggest that Revenge of the Sith was good footing is only half-true.

It fared better because of the true awfulness of what came before it that in comparison, it looked great.

That's not a ringing endorsement. Without having two even worse films behind it, it wouldn't look as good.
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Old Yesterday, 04:39 PM   #529
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I'll respond more to that later (are you capable of condensing things...?) but to suggest that Revenge of the Sith was good footing is only half-true.

It fared better because of the true awfulness of what came before it that in comparison, it looked great.

That's not a ringing endorsement. Without having two even worse films behind it, it wouldn't look as good.

That's pretty subjective, though. You went by critics' reviews for KOTCS - well, ROTS averages 79% on RT, which isn't a bad score. I really doubt those critics were blinded by fanboy-ism.
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This was a film that inspired the whole South Park episode involving Indy being raped. Even the prequels have a sizable fanbase, whereas the ranks of KOTCS' defenders are rather slim in comparison.

Also, South Park was parodying the response some fans had, as well. That show is not the be-all-end-all. The "Well, South Park did it so it must be fact" mantra so many like to use for any number of things is silly.

And the Prequels having a sizable fanbase that makes those who like KOTCS (we can throw in TOD in that mix because I had these same debates 15 years ago) seem small is more due to the sheer enormity of Star Wars fandom that even the niche circles are large.

It's more due to how big the fanbase of Star Wars is.

It would be like me saying that there's more Rolling Stones fans that enjoy the album Their Satanic Majesties Request than there are Alice Cooper fans that like Lace and Whiskey.

Well, duh. There's tenfold more Rolling Stones fans than Alice Cooper fans so that would be a given.

Star Wars fans are much more dedicated and numerous that die hard Indiana Jones fans.
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That's pretty subjective, though. You went by critics' reviews for KOTCS - well, ROTS averages 79% on RT, which isn't a bad score. I really doubt those critics were blinded by fanboy-ism.

Or they were so starved for something of quality when Revenge of the Sith rolled around that just by the film not sucking as hard they came in their fan-pants, practically.

And it's possible that nostalgia influenced some of it because that film used more of the original trilogy nostalgia than the previous two films. Heck, they reveal Darth Vader at the end of it - that's bound to get fanboys going. They played that card and it helped.
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Or they were so starved for something of quality when Revenge of the Sith rolled around that just by the film not sucking as hard they came in their fan-pants, practically.

And it's possible that nostalgia influenced some of it because that film used more of the original trilogy nostalgia than the previous two films. Heck, they reveal Darth Vader at the end of it - that's bound to get fanboys going. They played that card and it helped.

So the critics only have merit and aren't creaming themselves when they agree with you. I see. I think you're a little too invested (both in your blinding hatred for the prequels, and your blinding optimism for Indy 5).

Also, I suggest you listen to Their Satanic Majesties' Request in full one day.
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I think you're a little too invested (both in your blinding hatred for the prequels, and your blinding optimism for Indy 5).

I'm optimistic about Indy 5?? That's some very significant news to me.

Also, I'm not a Star Wars fan in the slightest so I don't care one way about the Prequels.

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So the critics only have merit and aren't creaming themselves when they agree with you. I see.

Go on, tell us all how The Last Jedi is one of the best Star Wars films then if critics don't sometimes have merit and other times do not.

After all, you used them to defend Revenge of the Sith.

You wouldn't pick and choose when to use critics either, would you?
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I'm optimistic about Indy 5?? That's some very significant news to me.

Also, I'm not a Star Wars fan in the slightest so I don't care one way about the Prequels.



Go on, tell us all how The Last Jedi is one of the best Star Wars films then if critics don't sometimes have merit and other times do not.

After all, you used them to defend Revenge of the Sith.

You wouldn't pick and choose when to use critics either, would you?

You're becoming angry.

You're the one who first brought critics into the discussion, not I. It's pretty clear I was talking about the negative fan reaction to KOTCS and the general sentiment that seemed to follow in its take (IE "nuked the fridge"). Since you brought the critics into the discussion in an attempt to knock down my point, I countered. Your claim was that KOTCS was better reviewed than any prequel film, which I pretty easily debunked. I don't tend to listen to critics; they're human like anyone else and I tend to base my own opinions off of what I myself see and think.
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There's no way to foresee how good (or bad) the next Indy instalment is going to be. We'll find it out in a couple of years for certain, and there's no point in using bitter tones. I think that Raiders112390's points are quite relevant (perhaps only a bit brutal, but indeed relevant).

For my part, I tend to be (maybe naively) confident that - the objective difficulties notwithstanding - they'll be able to deliver a good movie, and that the time-frame of the '60s-'70s could offer lots of good ideas for a MacGuffin.

I just wonder whether ex-Lucasfilm people read these posts...they could get some really constructive criticism here!
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