Latest Indy 4 Video: Trust Us

Published 7 years ago by

There’s a new video over at the Indiana Jones website that shows absolutely no new footage (at least that I could see). They’re calling it “Reuniting The Family” but I think it should be called “Hey, we’re the same people who did all the others so this one will be good too, trust us!”


I realize you’ve got to keep your movie out in front of the public, but with a name like Indiana Jones, do you really need to release something like this. The big-time fans of the first three will show up for this fourth film without this sort of publicity, so who is the target audience for this?

I think the reason behind this sort of “feel good” video is that they are working hard to dispel the idea that this is just another attempt to cash in once more on this franchise. They want to convince the public that they’re doing it more out of love for the characters and for the fans. That may turn out to be true, but with as jaded as audiences are today towards Hollywood’s movie machine, maybe they’re right and they do need to convince us.

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  1. There’s nothing wrong with convincing us. I own all of the other Indiana Jones films and will certainly go to see this one, probably more than once. I even have one of the hats.

    To me, this will be like the Star Wars films where it’s pretty much required viewing regardless of expectation. Sometimes you just have to say you got to see it on the big screen. Many of us have memories of the prior films and they are rather good ones. I got to see The Last Crusade with my grandpa (the only time he’d been in a theater to see a COLOR film) and that meant a lot to me. He’s been dead now for many years, but I’ll certainly think of him while I’m watching #4.

    Somehow, I think they won’t let us down – and may even pass the torch to that Transformers kid.

  2. Yeah, I know it’s too early to tell. It’s just that Spielberg has been doing such dark films for the last few years, and Lucas, well…

    Vic

  3. And if you look at the plot lines of all the other Indiana Jones films, they weren’t exactly shiny happy films. :-) I think they both know that they have to outdo what they did before, and with advances in computer graphics they’ll be able to make the sets look a million times better than they ever did before.

    I hope this one is set in South America. I’m betting they could do a lot with the Incan / Mayan / Aztec legends, particularly since the Mayans happen to think the world will be ending on 21 Dec, 2012 (at least that’s what their calendar predicts). A dark film about scary stuff and having a great action hero like Indy through the middle of it all makes me smile just thinking about it.

  4. Believe me, I *want* this one to be great. I love the first and third ones. I just don’t know that they can recapture the magic.

    Vic

  5. I was skeptical at first hearing that they were going to go ahead with a fourth, and after all the tumultuous wrangling that went into it just to get it this far either means that the script will be a mess, or that they were really just hoping and waiting for the right story to come along, and I’m getting the feeling now that it’s the latter. I hope I’m right.

    As long as they make it fun, incorporating the same Saturday matinée serial feel executed with similar skill and some innovative and unexpected set pieces, I’ll be happy. I hope it succeeds just to show newer audiences (the ones too young or not yet born to see the original in theaters) what an action movie really is. I hope it shows up movies like “Transformers” in a big enough way to remind people that you can and should have certain expectations even for the action/adventure genre.

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