Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Coming Not-So-Soon - Indiana Jones 4!

After enough rumors, crew changes, script rewrites and release date changes to put even our Tamil movies to shame, Indiana Jones 4 finally has an official release date. As expected, it will be a Summer release and will hit screens May 22, 2008. As in the previous 3 films, this one too will be directed by Spielberg and will star Harrison Ford in the lead role.

Raiders of the Lost Ark is the only Indiana Jones film that I have seen on the big screen. I clearly remember seeing the movie at Madras' Casino theater (that was a story in itself. As the show was sold out the first time we tried, we ended up watching the Sivaji-Prabhu starrer Sandhippu at Shanti theater that day and then returned much earlier the very next day to be the first in line at the ticket counter for Raiders of the Lost Ark!). It was an enormously entertaining film that barely let us catch our breath as it zoomed from one adventure to the next. The rolling boulder sequence, the 'snakes in the underground cave' segment and the truck chase were just some of the scintillating scenes that left me dazzled. And ofcourse, the scene where Ford casually shoots the sword-wielding attacker was already legendary and would probably count as the most popular scene in the film.

The film was popular enough to make Indiana Jones an instantly recognizable name and so, not surprisingly, subsequent films were named after the character itself. I didn't much like Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. It was too dark and too gross for me and the fact that it perpetuated very stereotypes about India didn't help. It had its own wonderful action sequences like the rope bridge sequence and the chase in the mines and had an effective turn by Amrish Puri but on the whole, the film got a thumbs down from me.

Spielberg made amends in a big way with Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Including a hilarious Sean Connery as Indy's dad was a fantastic move on Spielberg's part and Connery and Ford shared great chemistry as their constant bickering never hid their mutual admiration and love for each other. It went without saying the film had great action sequences like the blimp chase and the tank chase(with a hilarious punchline). But the film also had probably the best climax in the series and Indy figuring out the clues and surmounting each level(especially the 'invisible' bridge), still makes me get goosebumps each time I see the film.

This Summer has enough movies to look forward to like Spider-Man 3, Shrek the Third, Pirates of the Caribbean 3, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Die Hard 4. But this news item about Indy 4 has already made me look forward to Summer 2008 to see Ford don the fedora and crack his whip again...


At 7:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

looks like i should check out raiders...havent seen a single indiana jones movie till now, believe it or not! ditto for star wars! somehow the adventure/thriller genre isnt my cup of chai! but looks like i've missed some incredibly slick movies...gotta watch 'em sometime...

At 12:55 AM, Blogger Villain said...

u forgot the movie of the year.. simpsons

At 8:07 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I heard it was Scarlett Johansson who's playing the role of Kate Wilson.. So,I guess Indy movie is going to be hottttt..

At 10:24 AM, Blogger Maverick said...

Another memorable scene from the Last Crusade is when Harrison Ford is pushed in front of Hitler with his dad' dairy and Hitler sees him for a moment and signs 'Adolf Hitler' in the book and walks off. Great scene :)

At 10:25 AM, Blogger Maverick said...

I meant 'dad's diary' in my last post. Funny typo :)

At 10:28 AM, Blogger Arvind Srinivasan said...


When are you getting to Guru - you already escaped Borat by saying u'd wait for dvd :(

At 12:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Balaji, I am beginning to agree with Arvind and numerous others in this blog who keep wanting you to see "Guru." The 'HINDI' version (that you want to see so much) is still showing at both IMC 6 and Century Berryessa.

Yenna thayakkam, Balaji?! :-) ;-)

At 12:52 PM, Blogger Balaji said...

ram, the 1st one is truly not to be missed. awesome fun...

villain, have enjoyed 'simpsons' occasionally but not a regular watcher of the series. so the movie's not that high on my list :)

pushpa, havent heard that anywhere... lets wait and see :)

mav, yep. ford's expression after hitler returns the diary once again showed why he was so perfect for the role :)

arvind, will most probably watch 'guru' also on dvd only. btw, borat's coming out on dvd in march :)

sandya, no thayakkam, just no time! and anu has already seen it so there's the question of company too :)

At 6:27 PM, Blogger Me too said...

Such a big line up of sequels this summer-a? In Hollywood same characters/Artists in extension of same story whereas in Indian Poly-woods, it is same story different Artists/characters!

My husband is a great fan of the Indy(& Ford) series. I was terribly put off by the Temple of Doom which I saw first! But we both will look forward to the Ford-Spielberg combo!

At 9:10 PM, Blogger KayKay said...

Count me as one of those eagerly awaiting the long overdue exploits of the man with the whip and fedora.
It's interesting to ponder the differences in culture with respects to how an ageing actor is or will be potrayed in Hollywood as opposed to Kollywood.
Harrison will definitely be playing an older version of Indy as befits his age. A 60 year old Stallone re-entered the ring as a 55 year old Rocky Balboa early this year. Pierce Brosnan was deemed too old to reprise a younger Bond in Casino Royale.And Bruce Willis' cop character John McClane is retired in the 4th Die Hard installment.
All these actors who still look decent for their age would kill to work in Kollywood.
Ford and Brosnan would be gratified to know, in Tamil flicks they can pack on 30 kilos and still play Indy and Bond like characters a la the good Captain!
Stallone would be overjoyed to learn that even if he has body hair to rival an orangutan,he can still proudly whip his shirt off in films like Satyaraj.
Willis, the most verstile of the lot, will find he can do a wide variety of roles and still romance heroines half his age like the great Kamal.


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