I saw Indy 4 last night, and, frankly, I am speechless.
Even a repeat of the Phantom Menace would have been better than KotCS. At least Phantom Menace had some enjoyable sequences, and a coherent plot line.
KotCS was terrible.
I keep thinking about the documentaries that involve the making of Star Wars, and how Lucas was so stressed out because he was in constant conflict with the studio execs. In all candor, I think Lucas *needs* that kind of supervision. There is no doubt that his story ideas are amazing, but that should be the extent of his involvement in films. He, and Spielberg, both, have reached the stage in their career when no one tells them "No" anymore. No one is second guessing these guys, and it truly is a shame. What a waste of talent.
Spielberg and Lucas just arent hungry anymore. Theres no fire in them anymore. Raiders and Star Wars were not only good 'genre' movies - but just all around great films. Brilliantly filmed, excellently realized. There are scenes in both that are really defining cinematic moments (think of the scene where Luke is staring at the twin suns, or discovers the burnt out homestead, or in Raiders where Indy is digging for the Ark in the sunset and is silhouetted while he changes into his gear - brilliant).
Guys, I am really disappointed. In retrospect, Lucas and Spielberg should have just left well enough alone. I am sorry to see old Harrison go out with a whimper instead of a bang. He really is the defining actor of my generation, and it saddens me that his last shot at glory was wasted on Indy 4.