Like Star Wars VII, Ghostbusters III, Evil Dead IV, and Buckaroo Banzai Against the World Crime League, Steven Spielberg’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was, before it was made, one of those mainstream genre sequels that everyone demanded to see. Ever since 1989’s well-received Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, fans of the Indiana Jones film series continuously speculated about whether or not Spielberg and George Lucas would reunite to make a fourth (and presumably final) feature film to star the famous character. Will they do it? How should they do it? How does one make an Indiana Jones film after he has already found, literally, The Holy Grail? Fans posited, debated, argued, and constantly pleaded for another one.
Then it was made in 2008, and everyone stamped their feet, openly complaining that it had been done incorrectly. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was, since its opening day, pretty openly reviled by fans the world over, leading to shame and embarrassment in many cases, and outright denial in others; I know some people who still insist doggedly that there have been only three films in the Indiana Jones series. Implications that there was a fourth will elicit a punch in the throat.
But this is CraveOnline’s Trolling, and we’ll not stand for popular opinion around these parts. We are the voice of dissent, and live (under our bridge) to counter all of your arguments. I will stand up, chest puffed up and head held high, to declare that Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull rules. There are actually many good things about the movie that are often forgotten, and fine things about it that are too often dissed. I run to its defense.
Raiders of the Lost Ark is still one of the best adventure films of all time, and the following Indiana Jones movies are all fine. Including Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
Until next week, let the hate mail flow.
Witney Seibold is a featured contributor on the CraveOnline Film Channel, co-host of The B-Movies Podcast. You can read his weekly articles Trolling, Free Film School and The Series Project, and follow him on “Twitter” at @WitneySeibold, where he is slowly losing his mind.