Originally Posted by khronikos
I honestly feel like no one actually even bothers to critique these older films anymore. It's pretty much this was so awesome 30 years ago and there is nothing wrong with it when there clearly is some pretty immersion breaking stuff. I mean, face melting affects? Uhh, no. Let's have some objectivity here. This stuff is far far far from anything resembling the cutting edge. And it doesn't have the classic mentality that old films have. Effects laden films just look dated to me and not in a good way.
I guess it doesn't matter. I just don't feel the same way about these films anymore. A wild ride I guess but to me it just seems like an average low budget action adventure these days. Skin me alive but I don't watch films through rosy glasses.
Let me ask you....
Were you even alive in 1981? I not only was, but saw this in the theater.
The things they did back then with practical effects were pretty awesome then. I look at those effects now and see the craftsmanship of what they did to create those effects compared to the digital stuff today. You couldn't just tweak stuff until it's just the way you wanted. Often, with special effects, you got one take to get it right.
That final shot of raiders was a huge undetaking considering 95% of the shot was a painting - you know, painted with a paintbrush and paint. That's craftmanship. These days, they would have created it with CGI, then used some impossible swooping "camera" move to shoot it because it would look cool.
For what it's worth, I'll take the work involved with sucking a model house into a giant vacuum cleaner or a puppet Yoda any day.
Further, the film cost $18 million to make in 1981 dollars, which was about average for that time. It's just under $45 million now, which isn't blockbuster money, but far from low budget.
Of course I love Indy I just wish they could have updated the whole thing without Spielberg throwing his schlock at it and trying way too hard to make it kids' stuff. They had the chance to really put one out of the park and they failed miserably to the point I don't trust Lucas at all and wish he would just go away.
First, Indy 4 wasn't an "update". It was a continuation of the story.
Second, we all know Indy 4 was ruined by nuking fridges, Tarzan-style vine swinging and "interdimensional beings".
I mean people seem more concerned with the color timing than if this film is even any good anymore.
We're more concerned with color timing because that's all that's wrong with the movie.
If you don't like it, why do you care?