I grew up in the Cold War, when the threat of nuclear annihilation was both omnipresent and impossible; we all knew that there could be a missile exchange at any moment but we all lived our lives as if that was highly unlikely*. That's kind of how I feel about indiana Jones 5. And just like the 80s I'm happy to ignore the looming threat until someone opens their mouth and says something stupid. Today's winner: Harrison Ford. While promoting his new film Paranoia (did you even know this was a movie?), he had this to say to The Telegraph:
We've seen the character develop and grow over a period of time and it's perfectly appropriate and okay for him to come back again with a great movie around him where he doesn't necessarily have to kick as much ass... To me, what was interesting about the character was that he prevailed, that he had courage, that he had wit, that he had intelligence, that he was frightened and that he still managed to survive. That I can do.
I don't disagree with him. I don't even mind the idea of Ford, at 71, putting on the fedora again... at least not in a general way. This isn't ageism. This is all about how bad the last one was and how little Ford seems to invest into any film roles anymore. He's not trying, and with Kingdom of the Crystal Skull it seemed like nobody was trying. It wasn't Spielberg's worst movie but it's surely a contender. It's clearly time to leave well enough alone; let Indiana Jones walk out of that chapel into the light and forget about him.
We managed to avoid a nuclear holocaust. Lately I'm not so sure we'll be able to avoid Indiana Jones 5.
* It was so much more likely than we knew! The world came very, very close to ending in 1983.