Colonel Angus wrote:come on - a real ark of the covenant that has mystical powers and melts people's faces off? A real holy grail that also has mystical powers? Not much of what we saw last night was any more ridiculous than that.
i'll argue that those are fantasy elements that are impossible but are things that you could imagine (like the one ring or narnia), whereas surviving a nuclear blast in a refrigerator is impossible period, as is hanging on to a submarine while it's moving.
Very true, and I considered that too. I still think a lot of what was not fantasy-inspired but considered by many (including me,) to be so far-fetched as to be laughable in Crystal Skull
- Shia as Tarzan; giant man-carrying ants; pretty much the entire car-chase scene in the jungle; the group surviving the "three falls"; Indy surviving a nuclear blast (that appeared to be outside the fake town, so it wasn't really a "direct" nuclear blast,) in a lead-lined refrigerator - was not necessarily more absurd than scenes in the earlier movies. It's just that when we first saw the earlier movies, we weren't as jaded and cynical as we are now.
I'm thinking specifically of the following, in Raiders
alone, which is rightfully considered the best of all of the movies: Indy swimming from the freighter to the sub and either riding the top of it to the secret Nazi base or somehow breaking in undetected; Marion somehow surviving the truck explosion, which is never explained to us; the car/truck chase scene which includes Indy somehow catching up to the truck on horseback then later getting dragged by his bullwhip at what appears to be a high rate of speed before managing to pull himself to the front of the truck and climb up its grille into the cab to overpower the driver.
In Temple of Doom
you have the mine cart chase scene and others, although I’m not going to list them all here. Same with Last Crusade
On another note, I really hope that the final scene (and the premise of Shia as Indy's son) wasn't trying to foreshadow future installments with the son of Indiana played by LaBoeuf as the hero. I thought Shia did OK in Crystal Skull, but I don't think he can (or deserves to) carry the franchise. River Phoenix might have been able to.
"Isn't it no, baas or something? That's how I read it in a boxing book. It's South African or something."
- _, on Roberto Duran.
_ - Sun Jan 31 5:06 pm:
"it was such a sexy goal, that punched me right in the balls. metaphorically"