Indiana Jones 5 is officially happening. Does this insight joy or fear?

Old man Jones is coming. Walt Disney Company has officially announced that they will be making Indiana Jones 5 for release in July 2019. The 2 names you care about the most for this franchise are coming back. Steven Speilberg will be directing. Harrison Ford will be putting back on the fedora and picking up the whip. As stated in the announcement below:

Indiana Jones will return to the big screen on July 19, 2019, for a fifth epic adventure in the blockbuster series. Steven Spielberg, who directed all four previous films, will helm the as-yet-untitled project with star Harrison Ford reprising his iconic role. Franchise veterans Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall will produce.

For many this will bring either sighs of dread. For many others this will be welcome news that will have people excited. I’m somewhere in the middle of these two. This is a beloved character to many from their childhood. I remember days running around outside pretending that I was Indy on his latest adventure. Each time a new Indy move came out I was excited and couldn’t wait to see it. I couldn’t get enough of the character, I even enjoyed the Young Indiana Adventures, TV show. (Something I have been meaning to revisit to see if it holds up at all, as many shows from childhood don’t.)

The dread stems from that horrible time in May 2008. The month that the much anticipated Image result for indiana jone vine swingingreturn of Indy in Kingdom of the Crystal Skull graced our presence. I may not be a skeptical on the film as others as I enjoyed it for what it was. A chance to see an old friend on a new adventure. That was pretty much the only good part of it. The story seems slap together as an opportunity to just get the movie done. The amount of terrible CGI scenes, resulting in such poor scenes as vine swinging. It’s clear that Lucas had a fascination with Tarzan due to this scene and the scene  from Return of the Jedi where the Tarzan yell was added to Chewbacca swinging on a vine.

The worst part of all was casting Shia LeBeouf in a role to take on the mantel of “Jones.” The Hollywood machine doing everything in there power to push that this was the next big star for years to come. Maybe in his auditions for the role he told the casting director ” Just Do IT!!!” Hard to say no, I guess.

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As I said I’m in the middle of seeing this movie made. There are many good things to look forward to in regards to this announcement. Once again we get to look forward to seeing Indiana Jones grace us with an adventure. We don’t end the franchise on a sour note. No where in the announcement does it mention Shia, and being that it’s Disney it’s greatly assumed that it won’t ever. Speaking of Disney the focus they have thrown in to the other little Lucas franchise they have, something called Star Wars. They understand the care they have to take with the character. We get to cross our fingers and hope that we see other familiar characters from the franchise (Please put Sallah and Short Round in this movie, somewhere anywhere JUST DO IT!!!!). If this movie is half as good as Temple of Doom it will be win.

Hey at least we didn’t end up like everyone that viewed the ark of the covenant being opened, although at times it felt like it watching Indy 4, and I guess that’s a win.

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MEST5150, contributor

2 thoughts on “Indiana Jones 5 is officially happening. Does this insight joy or fear?

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    March 16, 2017 at 1:13 pm

    Well , coming from a DIE HARD Indy fan ( yes I have the Jacket hat and Whip) I was beyond stoked for Indy 4. I watched the trailers for hours on end , and even found an early copy of the poster to put up in my Game store. But nothing was able to prepare me for the knee weakening horribleness described above. I mean , if anything it showed me two positives. 1: Temple of Doom was now not the least gratifying Indy film, and 2: Much like I’m sure Dr.Jones has discovered on his travels , somethings are better off dead and buried.
    That being said, after the fresh approach that Disney tried to spin for SW VII I am hopeful that Indy will receive the same tender love and care. ( And also Mr.Fords legs) And if that’s the case Disney , then that’s one adventure I look forward to.
    PS Disney : lets make sure Dr Jones uses that trusty old whip . say, oh I don’t know , at least more than ONCE in a feature film would be nice. ( looking at you Crystal Skull )

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    March 17, 2017 at 10:31 am

    Man, I remember running around, swinging on monkey bars, pretending I too, was using my whip and a tree branch to swing across canyons. Several things made it a stinker, but Crystal Skull really suffered the most from how rushed the story felt in, yeah, an attempt “to just get the movie done”. Disney has shown a remarkable amount of willingness to give the grand old franchises like Star Wars lots of TLC, so maybe, just maybe. Only two things worry me about more Jones right now: One being the old Conan O’Brien and Harrison Ford joke “What would it be called, Indiana Jones and the Comfortable Bed?” Harrison Ford is OLD (in terms of filming action movies, at least!), what the heck can he really do in the film? The other worry being that Disney and Spielberg will be traditional Hollywood machine and ignore the failed sequel, thus breaking a sense of continuity even further. The best story never came from ignoring one’s plot mistakes; the best story comes from building off of the mistakes, and in doing so, making them something new and better. We’ll see.


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