Originally Posted by Darth Vile
So with KOTCS, what we ultimately get is a watered down version of the Raiders premise… and with no significant underlying story arc/emotional journey to evolve, the movie makers simply try to make it “bigger”, more elaborate and further push/mix the high concept to incorporate fathers, sons, aliens etc. It’s then really about how much one is bothered by the inexorable inching away from the original concept/movie.
Fantastic analysis........... Which is what happens with a lot of sequels, its the law of dimished returns, people will keep coming back to sequels based on the success of the original movie. And in the main the sequel fail to live up to the original, there are exceptions I guess, arguably Empire Strikes Back, Godfather 2, Aliens......... but the list is small.
And there is no way of getting away from the fact that a sequel will always be judged against its original.
But KOTCS for me too has no decent story, nothing to keep me interested and very poor dialogue. Even TOD which was my least favourite Indy movie, until KOTCS, has a dark undertone that kept me hooked. Having watched it a couple of times recently for the first time in a number of years actually, if I'm honest with myself its a better movie than I have given it credit for. TLC is carried by the relationship between Indy and his dad and TLC is probably, (for me anyway), the best homage to the the original movie in terms of its action and setpieces.
Having said all that, I would still love to see an Indy 5.