George Lucas is Off His Rocker

I know what you’re thinking: O REALLY? Well, even though it may be common accepted knowledge at this point, every time I read something the man has to say, I become more and more convinced, and I’m really hoping somebody intervenes and gets the man out of the public spotlight and the movie industry before he pisses off the wrong estranged fanboy. This time, he’s been rambling on about a fifth installment of Indiana Jones again over at the Times Online, and what he has to say makes baby Jesus cry.

“We were hoping for box-office figures like that [really… you did it for the money? Who would have thought], which is, ultimately, with inflation, what the others have done, within 10%,” Lucas explains. “So, we squeaked up there. Really, though, it was a challenge getting the story together and getting everybody to agree on it [*cough* Frank Darabont *cough*]. Indiana Jones only becomes complicated when you have another two people saying ‘I want it this way’ and ‘I want it that way’ [probably should have listened to Harrison and Steven a little more], whereas, when I first did Jones, I just said, ‘We’ll do it this way’ — and that was much easier. But now I have to accommodate everybody, because they are all big, successful guys, too, so it’s a little hard on a practical level. If I can come up with another idea that they like, we’ll do another [let’s hope not]. Really, with the last one, Steven wasn’t that enthusiastic [gee, I wonder why]. I was trying to persuade him. But now Steve is more amenable to doing another one [why Steven, why?]. Yet we still have the issues about the direction we’d like to take. I’m in the future; Steven’s in the past. He’s trying to drag it back to the way they were [umm… wasn’t that the point with the new Indy?], I’m trying to push it to a whole different place [CGI gophers and swinging monkeys]. So, still we have a sort of tension [because he’s pissed you made a shitty movie]. This recent one came out of that. It’s kind of a hybrid of our own two ideas, so we’ll see where we are able to take the next one [hopefully right to the dumpster].”

This short explanation explains quite a bit about the latest Indy installment. As the self-proclaimed biggest Indiana Jones fan this side of the Mississippi, I do not support another sequel. Not in the least. If you missed my review/rant on Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, check it out right here.

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Andy
Guest

'I'm in the future; Steven's in the past.' Are you kidding me? He's trying to ruin my childhood. Does he even watch the shit that he makes now-a-days?

stump
Guest

HEY GUYS STOP BEING SO CYNICAL WAIT TIL HE DOES HIS ART MOVIE THEN YOU WONT BE CRACKING ON HIM ANYMORE.

rot
Guest

Someone stepped into a portal in George Lucas' mind and we now have 'Being George Lucas' and this fraud has zero talent, zero.

Marina Antunes
Admin

Oh wow. Doesn't this guy have a PR person. Talk about shoving your foot in your mouth.

I have a feeling he may be talking out of his ass now with the whole Steven wanting to do a second one. I haven't heard what Spielberg has to say about reactions to this new Indy but I have a feeling it's probably nothing good. I'd be surprised if he were really interested in another one.

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

Comparing this (INDY4) to the zeal of Catch me if you Can, Minority Report and Munich, you can kinda tell that Spielberg's heart isn't in it. It's up on screen with this lifeless limp-towel of a film (excepting only a few minutes near the beginning).

So here is one where competitive creative friction resulted in crap as opposed to quality.

Henrik
Guest

I haven't seen Indy 4, but I very much appreciate George Lucas' honesty. I liked his colorful Star Wars movies way more than I liked Catch Me If You Can or Minority Report, both vintage Steven Spielberg apply-genre-clichés-that-look-better-than-average movies, that bore me to death.

I mean I think the last big battle scene in Episode 2 with the major machines being dropped from ships etc. is much more exciting imagery than Tom Cruise's stale jumping on cars. And since that's all either movie offers – flashy imagery – George Lucas beats Steven Spielberg.

Andy
Guest

Kurt, I thought the exact same thing. The best of Indy 4 was the chase/fight at the very beginning, up until they hijack that rocket and shoot themselves out into the desert. The rest of the movie was completely uninspired.

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

Actually, I liked the Atomic Cafe / Shroom cloud. The Area51 chase was pretty OK, but the 'magnetic cloud dust' left me flat. After that, there are little things to latch onto here and they, but they are washed away in the flood of less-than-mediocre adventure-filmmaking. A major disaster for Spielberg in my books.

Dale
Guest

It seems Lucas is spawning more pop culture, but not in a good way 🙂

Nuked the Fridge is the New Jumped the Shark:
http://www.darrenbarefoot.com/archives/2008/07/nu

Andy
Guest

Ha ha. I think there's room for both 'nuked the fridge' and 'nuking the fridge'. They should also include, 'Will nuke the fridge' to cover all tenses of the filming process.

Kurt, as far as latching onto things, that fight between Indiana and the big Russian was a good fight. If they'd have removed the giant-killer-maneating fire ants, that fight would have been only second to the airplane fight in Raiders. It was still a good fight, despite the ridiculousness of the ants. The movie also had flashes of aesthetic, like the other ones. The Peru shots downtown/in prison/at the cemetery were reminiscent of the originals.

That's about all the praise I've got for that movie. Can't really think of anything else I liked. At all.

Damn you, George.