Worst to First: Ranking the Indiana Jones Movies
Very few movie heroes are as iconic as Indiana Jones. Many movie fans will quickly name the Indy movies as one of their favorite film series of all times. And yet, most of the Indiana Jones movies aren’t very good. Let’s rank them and see how things shake out.
4. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)
Summary: It’s the 1950’s and Indy is fighting Communists now instead of Nazis. And instead of hunting mythological artifacts, he’s ummm… something to do with aliens and mind reading. Karen Allen returns as Indy’s true love, Marion. Shia LaBeouf co-stars as a greaser who may or may not be Indy’s son. Although who are we kidding? If he’s not Indy’s kid there’s no reason for him to be in this movie. So, yeah, he’s totally Indy’s kid.
What’s Good: Harrison Ford is back as Indiana Jones. If you were a fan of the series in the 80’s, you waited almost two decades to see that happen. And for a senior citizen (Ford was 65 when Indy 4 was released), he’s still got it. It’s undeniably a nostalgic thrill to see Indy back. Having him reunite with Marion 27 years after the original movie was also kind of sweet.
What’s Bad: Lots. Indy climbs into a fridge to survive a nuclear explosion and lives to tell the tale. Giant CGI ants. Tarzan yells. Cate Blanchett’s puzzling Boris and Natasha accent. John Hurt as a burned-out genius. Ray Winstone constantly betraying Indy and Indy continually letting him. Pretty much all the supporting cast really. Especially Shia “this movie was supposed to cement my place on the A-list and instead I pissed off Stephen Spielberg by admitting it sucked” LaBeouf. Oh and aliens have no place in an Indiana Jones movie. Sorry, George, but that was a bad idea.
Verdict: When Kingdom of the Crystal Skull came out, a lot of fans claimed it ruined their childhood. South Park took that sentiment a step further as they are inclined to do. The fourth Indiana Jones movie is easily the weakest in the franchise. I don’t want to downplay that. I’m not about to sit down and watch it again. But as bad as it was, it really wasn’t *that* much worse than the other Indy sequels. Some people went a little overboard. Although that South Park bit was funny.
Posted on September 17, 2015, in Movies, sequels, Worst to First and tagged George Lucas, Harrison Ford, Indiana Jones, Raiders of the Lost Ark, stephen speilberg. Bookmark the permalink. 50 Comments.