Oh mod, what happened to the good old days of thread proliferation?
That's one well-written article interesting enough to warrant it's own title.
Interesting -- but wrong (and not just for giving serious analysis to Crystal Skull's idiocy).
'Yes' Indy's passivity/reactivity is one of Crystal Skull's fatal flaws -- no new news there -- but everything that follows is troubling. Here's my two biggest pain points:
#1. The suggestion that 5 should be about Indy taking on the military industrial complex. Yawn. We know Indy likes Ike (who warned of the complex) but how many times have we seen that story in various guises? Plus it implies a North America focus and seems to tie more to Indy war hero than to Indy grave robber. Not to mention that history tells us who wins this one -- and its not the guy with the fedora.
#2. Referring to the "complex moral ambiguities of the Cold War" as if that's something new and unique. Ambiguity? Hello? Did this writer ever even watch Raiders?
While my thoughts around 5 are swirling and half formed, I know an Indy Winter Soldier remake is not the answer. Right now, I think we need to get Indy out in the world and in radically different global settings and contexts at near warp speed. Use different settings and situations to compensate for Indy not being able to go the distance in a fist fight. I'm thinking something like Around the World in 80 days on Steroids or It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World without Ethel Merman. These types of stories are age appropriate and something Spielberg could surely sink his teeth into it -- let's just hope he can resist the urge to put Merman in it.
PS: You know what really irked me about the article? There's nothing 'amoral' about Captain America's conduct in Winter Soldier. From day one in the service soldiers are taught their affirmative duty
to disobey unlawful orders. So one of the cooler elements of Winter Soldier is showing Cap rallying agents to his side. He is the moral center. So how does Marvel follow it up? (And this is why I really respect Marvel) With Civil War -- which flips the switch and puts Cap on the other side in a real ambiguous situation.
PSS: I still have yet to respond to Finn's post by this article got my goat.