Wednesday, May 7, 2008
I’ll be honest and admit that I am not too excited about the new Indiana Jones film. Now I don’t mean that as a swipe on the series or Spielberg, but it’s just never been one of my cinematic passions. A quick review of the series for me would be really admiring the original while not caring much at all for the sequels. Still, I will see the new one and I hope it turns out to be good, if just for the fact that I know a lot of people’s summers seem to be depending on it.
One thing I am excited about is the return of Karen Allen to the big screen. Allen's among that special group of actors who came out of the late seventies that for some reason never really got the attention, respect and recognition they desrved. She's been a favorite of mine since I first saw her in Raiders Of The Lost Ark just after my eighth birthday and I am glad to see her back.
Allen hasn't appeared in a film in nearly five years, with her role James Toback's underrated When Will I Be Loved being her most recent, so her surprising return to the series many fans know her most from is a very welcome one. I hope David Koepp's screenplay allows her some ample screen time and her role just isn't a glorified cameo.
Either way, I am thrilled to see the still vibrant Karen Allen returning. I hope it leads to many more parts for her. I've always been more curious as to what happened to Marion Ravenwood rather than Indiana Jones, so for that reason alone I will be in line for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull opening weekend.