The time of action-adventure films from the late 1970s to the early 1990s is one of the most sentimental in cinematic history. Filmmakers Steven Spielberg and George Lucas are mostly responsible for the genre of movies produced in this era. It would be challenging to persuade anyone that they weren’t the top two directors who contributed the most to that era’s cinema. Movies like Indiana Jones, Jurassic Park, E.T., Star Wars, and E.T. helped define the summer blockbuster age in cinema.
Many of the more recent filmmakers entering the field were huge admirers of those films due to their immense influence. They were very much like the Movie Brats, just like any other generation of filmmakers. After graduating from college, The Movie Brats were a youthful, up-and-coming group of movie fans who had also become filmmakers. Their work was largely influenced by the films they watched together. Francis Ford Coppola and Martin Scorsese rose to prominence during this time period. In the same way that George Lucas was inspired by the films of Akira Kurosawa to create Star Wars, they took what they loved and created something new in homage to it.
This pattern frequently occurs. In the middle of the 2000s, a more current band that was greatly influenced by the Movie Brats entered the movie industry. J. J. Abrams, who established himself with his television series Felicity and his production firm Bad Robot, is one of the filmmakers who grew up admiring Spielberg and Lucas. He developed his own style while drawing heavily from the directors and films he adored, much like the original Movie Brats.
It is almost painfully clear from viewing an Abrams film like Super 8 that he was a student of that period in cinema. Super 8 paid a lot of respect to films like E.T., but it wasn’t anywhere near what he accomplished with Star Wars. It’s not a stretch to argue that the Star Wars prequel trilogy wasn’t all that popular with fans. But it wasn’t necessarily a problem that people didn’t like it. It doesn’t matter if audiences didn’t enjoy it. The prequel trilogy is among the beloved properties that many fans dislike being continued.
However, the sequel trilogy’s main issue was that it went beyond simple homage. It is purely copy-and-paste fan service that elevates nostalgia into a distinct genre. At most, nostalgia should be employed sparingly rather than as a genre. Many brands appear to fall into the category of turning nostalgia into a full-fledged genre, which is really depressing. These films are solely intended to cash in on an existing fan base rather than cultivating a new fan following among younger moviegoers. Instead of creating fresh memories and moments, Ghostbusters: Afterlife is chock-full of sequences that bring back fond recollections for fans of the original series.
Because of this, many fans have already expressed skepticism regarding reboots and sequels. The Force Awakens, which is essentially the same movie as the original Star Wars, was not well received by the public. But more than just one of George Lucas’ well-known works is receiving a sequel. Coming next year is Indiana Jones 5. It nearly appeared ideal at first, with Steven Spielberg slated to helm his fifth Indiana Jones film. Disney was the producer, Spielberg was back, Harrison Ford was back, and David Koepp was penning the script.
But it was understandable why some fans might have been a little worried when Steven and Koepp left simultaneously. This appeared to be another in a long line of problematic franchise productions that didn’t look well for the movies. But it was later revealed that Logan and Ford V. Ferrari filmmaker James Mangold would be helming the film, with Jez and John-Henry Butterworth penning the script.
Although this decision could deter some fans, there are a few reasons why it might be for the better. First off, they are unquestionably excellent filmmakers. That is not to suggest that Spielberg is not, but James Mangold is a more recent director with a strong resume who joins the franchise with what is presumably a new perspective on Indiana Jones. Mangold has previously worked with a major property, including The Wolverine and Logan, which is the main reason he would be a perfect pick. And when he did, the pictures he produced stood alone. Instead of remaining in the past, they advanced the general plot.
Movies that advance the plots and characters currently lag behind franchise movies in popularity compared to those that emphasize the past. Nostalgia and chances to create a brand-new trilogy are not what Indiana Jones needs. That climax is essential for Indiana Jones. It needs a satisfying conclusion like to the one Mangold provided Wolverine in Logan. Even though Indiana Jones doesn’t have to pass away, if this is the last movie in the series, there should be a satisfying conclusion rather than a fresh start for further sequels. The story should end with Indiana Jones 5, not with a brand-new beginning for something else if that is the case.