My wife and I finally watched "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" the other night. What a disappointment! The movie was one part Indiana Jones, one part Close Encounters, and one part Ocean's 12. We couldn't understand why a great story teller like Steven Spielberg would sign on for such a poor story. From watching an interview with Lucas and Spielberg here seems to be the logic behind such a bad decision:
- Demand was strong - everywhere they went, people kept asking, "When is the next Indiana Jones coming out?"
- Keep the legacy brand alive - Spielberg wanted to make it for those that never saw any of the other Jones movies.
- Lucas drove the alien (oh, excuse me interdimensional being) and they went along with it.
Here's a link to Spielberg talking about the movie:
The real moral of this movie is strong talent can't overcome a bad decision.