Steven Spielberg hasn't released a film since 2008's unpopular Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, but this year he's back with two; first up with a release this week in the UK is The Adventures of Tintin, which comes to American theaters in December, just a week before his other film War Horse opens. And as he does press for Tintin in the UK, the conversation inevitably turns to his last movie, and the fact that, well, even the people who adore him didn't like it.
It's become popular to blame George Lucas, Spielberg's collaborator on all 4 Indy films, for the ridiculous alien twist and the goofier moments in the script. As it turns out, Spielberg blames him too-- well, at least partly. Here's what he told Empire Online, after that caveat that "I'm very happy with the movie. I always have been."
Of course, saying that George Lucas is the storyteller of the Indiana Jones series is patently ridiculous-- Indy is going to figure prominently in only one man's Oscar montage when he dies, and I think we all know that's Spielberg. It seems mighty disingenuous that he gives so much power to Lucas for the entire Indiana Jones franchise, but before you start thinking he's just shifting blame, he took full responsibility for what might be the most notorious Crystal Skull moment of all:
Given the incredible and important things Spielberg has brought into pop culture besides nuking the fridge, I think we can forgive him that one slip-up. And it's nice to see Spielberg have a sense of humor about his past foibles, especially since the word is that with Tintin, he's back on top of the game. We'll let this one slide for now, Mr. Spielberg.
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