Dream wrote:The problem with the aliens, and with the ending as a whole was that it had nothing to do with history, archaeology or anything else that Indy might have been interested in. You can't put some abstract "knowledge" held by aliens in a museum. So, it can't "BELONG IN A MUSEUM!"
Uhh.. no. The crystal skulls actually do exist, they're something of an historical anomaly and so you can see why Jones would be interested in them. On top of that, he's been forced to help the Russians because of his friend being kinapped.
Dream wrote:That's the problem. What was Indy doing there, and why? It was just because he was kidnapped? He had no motivation from archaeology, just to find out what was going on with his old friend. He wasn't chasing something inherently dangerous in order to keep it from someone evil. It isn't hard to believe that aliens showed up. It's hard to believe that aliens randomly showed up to a pair of adventuring archaeologists just when a Soviet mystic... etc.
As stated above, both by myself and everyone else.
If the greatest anti-semites in the history of the world dig up the ark of the covenant, and try to use it for their own nefarious ends, there will be ructions. If you drink from the holy grail... bad things if you're bad. Indian death cults might just want to eat your still-beating heart, and run a child exploiting mine operation. There was always a structure within which to frame the suspension of disbelief. Now it's just M. Night Whatsizname stuff:
Indy should be doing three things: Punching Nazis, Rescuing extremely dangerous historical artifacts, and Having trouble with women. He didn't do any
of these things in the movie, and that was what made it hard to believe. It was out of character.
Well, he did have some trouble with women in this one. Oddly enough, very much like in the first and second movies, he gets the girl, though he's old enough in this one that that means he gets married. Nazis weren't involved in the second movie, and the second movie artifacts weren't particularly dangerous (at least, they must not have been since the cult actually had
all of the required stones and never did
anything awful with them. Also, do you even remember
what happened to those anti-Semites that opened the Ark? Do you? Oh, that's right, they all died a terribly awful and painful death. Gawd, it would have been terrible
if the Nazis had gotten ahold of that and let Adolf himself open it. Man, can you imagine how horrible Dead and Melted Hitler (sold at all fine toy retailers) would have been?
Point being, there is no cut and dry equation for a good Indy movie, and not following that nonexistant equation is not the reason that this movie sucked.