There is a lot of venom out there against the last Indiana Jones movie. While the most recent film is nowhere near the quality of the original trilogy, I still enjoyed it.
Think about it…Mutt would have gone to rescue his mother regardless. Most of the stuff in the film happens to Indie, not because of him. In many ways, he was a side character.
I fully expect that the next Indiana Jones film will follow along the same lines. The franchise minded George Lucas has said that he’d like for LaBeouf’s Mutt to become the new Indiana, and news today confirms to me that this is still the eventual plan.
In an interview with the BBC, Shia LaBeouf revealed that ”Steven (Spielberg) just said that he cracked the story on it before I left and I think they’re gearing that up,”
A lot of people will roll their eyes at this, but I’ll hold off for a while. The bottom line is that as long as the Indiana Jones franchise has any name recognition at all, movies will get made. And they will make money. So if someone’s going to take on the mantle of the aging adventure character, it might as well be Shia LaBeouf, who I’ve been a fan of for a long time.
It’s just so hard for me to be cynical about Indie. They might make five more features that are all duds, but I’ll be cheering for each and every one of them. There is something so exciting and ageless and magical about the tone of these films, and no other movie franchise has quite been able to copy it.
Just get rid of the helpful warrior monkey tribe, for God’s sake. This isn’t Return of the Jedi, George.