all goes according to plan, July 19, 2019, will see the release of the fifth
Indiana Jones movie. And until that date, an awful lot of film fans will be
hoping those plans change.
dust has long since settled on 2008’s Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The
Crystal Skull, but the whiff of a franchise that already nuked the fridge
remains thick in the air. ‘Nuke the fridge’, of course, actually refers to the Crystal
Skull scene in which Indy survives a nuclear blast by hiding in a refrigerator,
and has since become the movie equivalent of ‘jump the shark’; shorthand for
that moment when a film series reaches an absurd tipping point.
an unfortunate and even unfair legacy for a movie that has its fans; plenty of
them, in fact. Crystal Skull holds a 77% score on Rotten Tomatoes – a seal of
approval most films would kill for – and Harrison Ford recently proved he’s
still got it where it counts in The Force Awakens. Even so, Disney and the
returning Steven Spielberg have a job on their hands to convince the movie-going
public at large that the franchise can revisit its former lofty heights.
all began with Raiders Of The Lost Ark in 1981; a movie that enjoyed its 35th
anniversary this past weekend. While The Last Crusade is sometimes hailed as
the best of the bunch – Temple Of Doom rarely – the first Indiana Jones film
remains a masterclass in rollicking action, indelible set pieces and overriding
fun and thrills.
stick around for an in-depth look at the definitive action-adventure flick.