The Road to Indiana Jones: Part Four

It’s difficult to make sense of the final “Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” theatrical trailer.

Arriving quickly after the February debut of the teaser, this fresh peek at the latest Indiana Jones adventure serves up the expected flashes of pulse-pounding action and mystical plot, but there’s something strange about the entire marketing vibe that this latest footage underlines. Could Lucas and Spielberg be that concerned with spoilers? Are they being too cautious with Indy info? Or are the Beards trying to hide something?


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The trailer still provides a geeky jolt, presenting curious new elements of the film to salivate over until May 22nd arrives. However, there’s a certain triumphant verve that missing here that was present in the marketing of the earlier pictures. A particular absence of overdrive. Perhaps Lucas did learn something from his toxic “Phantom Menace” promotional onslaught and decided to throttle the buzz for Indy more carefully.


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The safe bet would be to assume anxiety, since the film is only weeks away from release and only now are the superb toys, tsunami of junk food, and assorted marketing tie-ins starting to arrive to pluck coin from the faithful. In a bizarre way, it’s refreshing to save the real thunderbolts of promotion until the very last minute. It’s an interesting change of pace, especially in the shadow of the “Dark Knight” marathon of teases that’s entering what feels like its 1,000th month of exclusionary exhilaration.


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Revealing more puzzle pieces of the story in the new trailer, “Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” has been reduced from this gargantuan action spectacle of limitless dork-powered imagination to a more containable, digestible experience, looking to fit right in line with the previous sequels. Frankly, I’m relieved the weight has been lifted. There’s also some outrageously choreographed action to behold, a chance to spot a quick Brando homage, and a needed moment with Marion (Karen Allen).


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If you go by the trailers alone (a difficult challenge), there’s remains an entire film to discover here, and while it’s difficult to remain spoiler-free out of sheer excitement, it’s nice to observe that Lucas and Spielberg are keeping up their end of the bargain and holding off the big reveals until opening day.


All photos Copyright 2008 Paramount Pictures

You can view the newest trailer for “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” at Indiana Jones.com

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