Originally Posted by Douglas Monce
I think the expectations for that film were WAY too high for many people. Folks just had ideas of what it SHOULD be rather than just enjoying what it was.
I also found something curious - I liked the film way more the second time I saw it than the first. The first time (at the midnight showing) I thought it was OK - and then I saw it a week or so later and thought it was much, much better. It took me a while, but I think I figured out what that was for me. With the first three films, I had seen them so many times, that the surprises of the plots at the time were the least important things about the movies - it was about the characters, and watching them interact with each other, and just enjoying the ride. Crystal Skull was the first one that I saw as a new movie in theaters, so for the first time in memory, I was watching an Indiana Jones movie wondering what was going to happen next, what the movie was about, instead of enjoying the characters, actors and set pieces that I loved. So once I had seen the new movie, saw how it ended and all that, it was suddenly a different experience: for every viewing since, I've just enjoyed the movie without thinking about the mystery involved or whatever.
I happened to have liked that they did something with aliens (or "interdimensional beings" as Spielberg was able to get Lucas to concede). The original moves took place in the 30s and played as old serials from that time, which I am familiar with; the new movie took place in the 50s, and played more like a b-movie from the 50s. It was appropriate to the time it took place in, and I both got and liked that about it. I also liked that it did take place the appropriate number of years later, instead of acting as if everyone had still been the same age. I'd also love for them to keep making more... when there's a new one coming every few years, it's less important for each film to seem "important" or to somehow be expected to sum everything up. I really hoped that they'd get cracking on a new one, but being that the last came out in 2008 and it's now 2011 and there's been no word of even considering another one, let's just say I'm not holding my breath.