Can I be truthful and say I enjoyed Indy IV? I know it's de rigeur to bash the film, and that in order to be considered a true film geek I should tear it apart mercilessly, but you know what? It pushed my buttons. It lacked a certain something, but I'd rather watch it than the Mummy films and a LOT of other action adventures. It was a good film. It was fun.
I just like it. I refuse to throw rotten tomatoes at George Lucas just because everyone else does - and that doesn't mean you guys, I just mean in the talkback forums on aintitcool.com for example. Frankly, Indy investigates strange world mysteries. The crystal skulls are a pretty funky mystery. I really don't understand why people went 'Aliens? What? That's not realistic OR indy!' - What, and a golden box that talks to god and produces flesh-melting apparitions is?
What needs to be done to improve? Maybe just give post-production an extra two months, have less monkey swinging and considerably less characters. Loved Marion, even liked Shia - but Abner Ravenwood was about as useless as characters get. The script needs to be more about Indy this time, really.
I still liked it though! I think there should be another one just so Spielberg can say 'Look, Indy IS still cool, and this time - we'll really rock your world!'
Apologies for the rant, but it's how I feel