Last night we went to see Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. I am a huge Indy fan, so I was worried that it would go one of two ways – excellent or terrible. Luckily it was excellent; I guess Spielberg did most of the work while Lucas was out cashing his huge cheques. It was good to see confirmation of what we have always suspected – Indiana Jones cannot be killed or destroyed by any human artifice. No spoilers, but if you’ve seen it, you know what I mean. Also, when it comes to kitchen appliances, buy American, cause they are built to last.
One of the things I liked most about it was the peruvian antiquity/von Daniken crossover. I have been enjoying Cthulhu Mythos related stuff lately, and this slotted in with that quite nicely. In fact, if you think about it, Indy 4 was basically a soft-core Cthulhu movie. Behold the following checklist of essential Cthulhu story features:
- Heroes are investigators looking for an item of extreme supernatural power? Check.
- Bizzare alien intelligences are considered as Gods by an ancient civilization? Check. (granted, they were not sentient fungii, but still)
- Knowledge which reveals Horrible Truths Which Man Was Not Meant To Know and drives you to a terrible insanity? Check.
- A mad cult which is trying to obtain the horrible secret for their own unspeakable ends? If you consider the KGB in the 50’s as a Stalin personality cult, then Check
So, come on, Steve and George, why don’t you just cut to the chase and make Indy 5 a Cthulhu movie already? R’lyeh is waiting. Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Indy R’lyeh wgah’nagl asskick!!