Ok, for the record I have not seen Indy 4 yet (I’ll be seeing that along with everyone else on opening day) but I just couldn’t let Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune slide on what he said in his review:
“Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” is not slovenly in terms of craft, but this script fails its interpreters utterly. Indiana Jones—let’s be honest—never was a memorable movie character.
Ok…and here’s my good natured rebuttal sent to him via e-mail:
I have to take issue with your statement ‘ Indiana Jones – let’s face it – never was a memorable movie character.’
Are you serious, dude? Are you really talking about the character that put on the map as a leading man? The one folks know him better for than , that guy form that other successful movie franchise he starred in? The character that Spielberg says all you have to do is show his silhouette and you’d recognize him? The character that’s ranked #2 in the AFI’s Top Motion Picture Heroes, behind Atticus Finch? That character?
(That whole bit works best if you can imagine my voice going up an octave with each rhetorical question, kind of like Stewie Griffin.)
Puh-leeze. If you don’t think Indy’s all that memorable, stop smoking whatever it is you’re smoking because you’ve lost too many brain cells as it is.
Of course, that little wink at the end means that my jibe is meant in good fun, but the guy really should watch how he throws his pronouncements around. I practically did a spit take when I read that in the paper yesterday.
‘Never was a memorable character?’ You’ve gotta be kidding me!