Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is episode 104, part of the Pod Me If You Cast miniseries covering the filmography of Steven Spielberg's Dreamworks era. Posted 15 Apr 2017.
David Ehrlich (IndieWire) returns to Blank Check to discuss 2008's polarized franchise reboot, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. But are the rumors true that there is a superior early version of this screenplay? Is George Lucas to blame for the most of the criticism? And is it clear that Mutt Williams is a greaser type character? Together they examine, the new old Harrison Ford movies slated for release, the culture around the death of celebrities, the many follies of Shia LaBeouf and also explore Ray Winstone impressions.
Gotta start this with Harrison Ford and the differences between him in Star Wars movies (which he's famously grumpy or irascible about) and him in Indiana Jones movies. Or in his case, does he see it as Indiana Jone$ ? Hmmmm???
Moving on, next is the George Lucas connection, aww, Georgie Porgie. But wait, whoa, say that again, who wrote preliminary versions of this movie? Did this project drive Shia Lebeouf crazy or did that come later? The movie starts off fun; when does the fun end... or does it? How does the 50's setting affect not only the plot but also the way Spielberg shot it?
Why does Ehrlich think this a masterpiece? Why does just about everyone else think it terrible?
It's good to look for the positives in every movie, and Griffin and David make it entertaining to do so, but... It's somewhat illuminating that this episode abandons the "let's go through the plot of the movie" structure of a Blank Check episode, instead returning to the style they employed for the Star Wars prequels in the Griffin and David Present days. Because you can't look at this movie directly for long periods of time - you have to dart your eyes and jump all around to avoid getting horribly burned.
Milestones and Ephemera
- "How did we as a society collectively forget Billy Crystal did blackface within the last five years?!"
- Jimmy Fallon was in literal blackface in 2001.
- Hot takes galore on celebrity death watches.