“Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” a.k.a., “How George Lucas Took A Giant Poop On Yet Another Beloved Trilogy From Your Childhood”

Indiana Jones and The Kingdom of The Crystal SkullA refrigerator. Indy hid in a refrigerator. In order to survive a nuclear blast. A refrigerator. A refrigerator that got tossed through the air, end over end, for miles. By the blast. The blast from the atomic bomb. The atomic bomb that instantly vaporized everything in a five-mile radius. Everything, that is, except for the refrigerator—which the blast from the atomic bomb instead launched through the air, for miles and miles, until it hit the ground. Hard. Miles away from the blast site. With Indiana Jones inside of it.

And he popped open the door and got out and coughed a couple times. And was fine.

And that was in the first 15 minutes.

Which brings me to the real point here, and that is:

Someone needs to cut off George Lucas’s hands and force feed them to him in order to ensure that he never again attempts to write a movie.

My expectations for “Indiana Jones 4” (I’m not typing out all that “Crystal Skull” bullshit again) were low. Like, really, really low. And I said as much to my Dad as we sat down on the couch to watch the DVD.

“How bad could it be?” he asked.

“Trust me,” I answered. “You didn’t see what he did with that ‘Star Wars’ prequel.”

But I still held out a little hope that all might not be lost. After all, Lucas both wrote and directed the “Star Wars” prequel … and, while the story and plot for those three flicks were convoluted as all hell, it was the horrifically bad acting that really sank the ship. Maybe, just maybe, in the hands of a more capable director, Lucas’s “Indiana Jones 4” would work.

Now, here I must ask: does Steven Spielberg know that he is listed in the credits as the director of “Indiana Jones 4”? Because, clearly, that can’t be true. There is no way that Spielberg would have risked his reputation by allowing this clunker to see the light of day.

“Hi, George? It’s Steven.”

“Hey hey! Steve-o-rino! Sorry, I was busy counting all this money that Burger King just dropped off. Do you have any idea how much cash they gave me so that they could plaster Harrison’s wrinkled mug on the side of a soda cup? God, I love this business!”

“Yeah, well, actually, Harrison’s here with me, and we’re calling about the script. We were shooting the warehouse scene today? The one with the magnetic skull? And we were noticing that the script calls for every piece of metal in the known universe to suddenly be drawn to the skull—every piece of metal, that is, except for the rifles carried by the dozen or so Russian soldiers standing right next to it.”

“And …? C’mon, Steve-o, time is money. What’s the problem?”

“Well, George, it just doesn’t seem very plausible.”

“Plausible? It doesn’t seem plausible? I take it you haven’t shot the refrigerator scene yet?”

I’d go on, but after writing all of the above, I discovered this satirical, abridged version of the script, which really does sum it all up rather nicely.

And while we’re on the subject of George Lucas exploiting the good feelings you had about an epic childhood trilogy, be sure to also check out this abridged version of the script for “Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace.”

UPDATED 06.26.09: No, I totally wasn’t kidding about the refrigerator:

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  1. Posted June 23, 2009 at 5:00 pm | Permalink

    Oh, I so agree! Bad George! Bad Steven!

  2. Posted June 23, 2009 at 8:56 pm | Permalink

    Now, I remember why I forgot all about that movie about 3.2 seconds after I wasted my hard-earned money on going to see it … because it sucked BALLZ!

  3. Posted June 23, 2009 at 9:45 pm | Permalink

    I couldn’t stop laughing throughout this post and that first script. I haven’t even seen the movie, I don’t like George Lucas movies, but now I want to watch it to see how badly it sucks.

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    Posted June 29, 2009 at 3:29 pm | Permalink

    from that point on in the movie, i became angrier and angrier at lucas. i mean – sheesh.

  5. Posted July 8, 2009 at 10:51 am | Permalink

    I just came across your site and it’s hilarious! Love it!
    I agree almost wholeheartedly with your Indy movie interpretation. Lucas should never be allowed to write. Anything. The reason why Star Wars (4,5,and6) was so funny and successful was solely due to cast performances (harrison add-libbing “I know” was brilliant) and the novelty of the sci-fi story.
    While I’m a die-hard Indy fan, also with zero expectations for the 4th one, I don’t think I was quite as displeased as you. Horrible script, absolutely. But the fridge scene I could have suspended my disbelief for as a slightly humorous bit. Isn’t it Indy’s charming ability to escape those impossible scenarious that we love about him? It was the horror-of-an-ending that sealed the deal for me. I’m guessing Spielberg is at a point in his career where he can comfortably say “screw it” to Lucas why the hell not?”and gave in.
    Have you seen the video of these kids who made a reproduction of Raiders scene for scene when it was released? Impressive. I’ll have to find it on youtube.

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