Indiana Jones and the Temple of Well-Deserved Cash


Well, I saw it.

Apparently, a few others did, too. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull made $126 million over Memorial Day weekend, and for its first five days (it opened last Thursday), it's brought in $151 million, give or take a few dollars.

I won't bring up any plot points -- in other words, no spoilers here -- but I just thought I'd give my quick commentary on the movie, since the reviews have been decidedly mixed.

Every dollar this movie earns, it deserves. Moreover, I'm never going to say a bad word about a sequel again.

Not that I'm suggesting that all sequels are good -- as in, of good quality. It's just that I recognize that there's nothing wrong with Hollywood giving its audience what they want.

We all know that many critics decry movies that churn out sequel after sequel. Police Academy, for instance, was a fun movie and a big hit when it came out in 1984. It spawned six more sequels, each one, I'm guessing, since I gave up watching them after the second film, of lesser and lesser quality than the previous one. And we all know that critics complain that Hollywood has lost its creative license when they make movies out of TV shows, and the list of the TV-to-movie incarnations in almost endless -- but Bewitched, The Brady Bunch, The Flintstones, The Beverly Hillbillies and The Addams Family are a few that come to mind. And Sex and the City, of course, with the original TV cast, is coming out any day now.