In a shocker heard ’round the world, George Lucas made his escape from Skywalker range to proclaim to the world that — gasp! — “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” is “just a movie”, no better or worst than the previous “Indiana Jones” movies, and if you expect more than that, you’re shit out of luck. Okay, maybe he didn’t use the “s”-word, but I’m sure that’s what he meant. With all the hoopla surrounding the movie, magazine coverages by Vanity Fair and geeks everywhere geekgasm over every little image from the movie, Lucas has created quite a stir with his comments.
Here’s what George told USA Today:
“When you do a movie like this, a sequel that’s very, very anticipated, people anticipate ultimately that it’s going to be the Second Coming,” Lucas says. “And it’s not. It’s just a movie. Just like the other movies. You probably have fond memories of the other movies. But if you went back and looked at them, they might not hold up the same way your memory holds up.”
Wait, is this Jackie Chan or George Lucas? Just kidding, Dustin.
Then Lucas said this to Entertainment Weekly:
Yeah, well, this one, we know that for the fans it won’t be the movie that they have been making in their minds for the last 19 years, so they all get bent out of shape. A lot of the critics forget that they didn’t like the first three, and so they get off on this one, too — or it’s not the Second Coming. And, yeah, we didn’t make it bigger and better, we made it exactly the same. So if you loved the other ones, you’ll love this one. But if you expect to have F-14s flying under freeways — that isn’t there. It’s just another period adventure movie with this wacky archaeologist. It’s funny. I think it’s funnier than the other ones, and it’s exciting. So it’s got all the stuff that all the other ones have. And Harrison’s great in it.
Honest translation: “It’s more of the same crap you guys liked, except Ford is a grandpa now. Plus, I got a gazillion bucks. If you don’t like the movie, kiss my rump.”
Well done, George, well done!
(Via the Thompson on Hollywood blog at Variety)