I don't think Lucas's story
is to blame. I actually think the concept is brilliant. My biggest problem with the film is that the actual script by David Koepp is a bit bland and uninspired. Unfortunately, they had to use it because they realized, it was now... or never.
The reason why I'm more excited for 5 than I was for Indy 4 is because if the big three have already agreed on a story... it must be really good. Remember it took them nineteen years to actually come up with the last decent story.
As most of you know, I gave Indy 4 a 10/10, so you have to take my comments with a grain of salt. I know it's not perfect, but it's far better than most of the modernized garbage that's being churned out now. I do think the final product could have, and should have been better than what it was. But still, it's just classic Indy. Indiana Jones and the Saucer Men from Mars
(the first draft, all-out alien invasion movie) would not have been. Neither would Darabont's lame Indiana Jones and the City of Gods
. I would have loved to see M. Night's draft.
I want to see 5 done in the style of "Raiders" and "Crusade", in that I want a polished story, with actual twists and turns, along with a quest for an ancient religious artifact. That's the problem with Indy 4... the characters were just along for the ride... not doing much of anything.
There's only one use of CGI in Indy 4 that I think is unacceptable to be in the movie: the monkeys. The rest is used sparingly, and appropriately. It doesn't stand out, and certainly doesn't detract from the movie. In particular, in the forest battle, they only used CGI to enhance what was already there
. Same goes for the nuclear blast... they used it to enhance
the explosion of the miniature neighborhood. The only "all-out" CGI scene is the climax, and if I remember, didn't the finale of Raiders use extensive special effects?
Getting back to Indy 5... anyone want to guess what the MacGuffin is? Or at least comment on what you think it should be?