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Stay Away!

Moving to a very serious matter, let me say a few words about why you should never watch the new Indiana Jones movie and that for your own sake you should, as much as possible, pretend that it does not exist.  This is not because I have seen it, which I haven’t and ideally never will, but because no one should reward George Lucas for trashing his other successful and enjoyable film franchise with a belated, lame sequel.  How do I know that it will be so awful?  It isn’t because of reviews that describe its weaknesses, but because it is the fourth Indiana Jones movie.  There should not be a fourth, and its very existence is a deeply, perhaps unforgiveably wrong effort to squeeze as much cash out of an old idea as possible.  The Last Crusade ended the franchise as successfully and brilliantly as anyone could hope to conclude such a story and had the protagonists at the end actually riding into the sunset!  That should have been the finale, but there is nothing in Lucas’ filmography that he cannot try to rehash and thereby taint.

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Daniel Larison is a senior editor at TAC, where he also keeps a solo blog. He has been published in the New York Times Book Review, Dallas Morning News, World Politics Review, Politico Magazine, Orthodox Life, Front Porch Republic, The American Scene, and Culture11, and was a columnist for The Week. He holds a PhD in history from the University of Chicago, and resides in Lancaster, PA. Follow him on Twitter.

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