Cannes report, Day 6: Indy and Mutt speak!

Indycannes_lAttention, all you Indiana Jones-hating bloggers: Shia LaBeouf is on to you. I caught up with the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull star (pictured, with costars Harrison Ford and Karen Allen) at an Indiana Jones cocktail party here in Cannes, and when I asked him about those spoiler-heavy reviews that appeared on the web last week, he told me he doesn’t believe the writers actually saw the film. “Those reviews were not real,” he insisted. “You know it’s not a real review when no mention gets made of cinematography, or the camera setups, or anything pertaining to Steven’s direction of the film. It’s just all about Harrison and myself, when 70 percent of the movie is direction and shots and set pieces. I read all of it. As soon as I heard there was a review, I was like, Really? That’s crazy, ‘cause I haven’t seen the movie.” I also asked him what it was like to complete two days of interviews in Cannes when none of the journalists had actually seen the movie. “And you can’t say anything!” he responded. “You wind up talking about mundane things like shoelaces. But there’s beauty in that. People think they want to hear things, but they don’t.”

A few minutes later, his costar Harrison Ford, who had cameras shoved in his face whenever he went out in public, told me he was unfazed by the Cannes insanity: “I’ve been doing this for long enough, I know what to expect,” he said. “I don’t have any illusions about it or any fear of it.” When I mentioned LaBeouf’s comment about the shoelaces, Ford pointed to Steven Spielberg, who was standing behind me. “Check out Steven: He’s got no shoelaces in his shoes. So I don’t know what he’s thinking about!”

addCredit(“Shia LaBeouf, Harrison Ford and Karen Allen: Kristian Dowling/Getty Images”)


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  • Jennifer

    Local news channels in Chicago were calling them “early reviews” and saying they weren’t very favorable, but they hadn’t seen the movie yet themselves. Apparently they were fooled by the fake reviews.

  • Ceballos

    Honestly, I’m tired of reading about all these advanced reviews for Indy 4, especially when you consider the film in question is the perfect example of “critic proof.” Seriously. Is a bad (or even middling) review going to change anyone’s mind about seeing or not seeing this movie either way?
    Why don’t we talk about how terrific Karen Allen looks? I mean, damn! I popped in “Raiders of the Lost Ark” this past weekend, and she looks like she’s just as cute now (with just the right amount of natural change that comes with, you know, aging) as she was nearly 30 years ago.

  • Rhonda

    Rotten Tomatoes lists Crystal Skull at 76% fresh as of a few minutes ago. I’ve read a lot of the reviews linked from there and it looks like, overall, the film has been well-received. The negative reviews are the minority, not the majority. Besides Ceballos is right– it’s a critic-proof movie with a built-in fan base. Who cares what a minority of negative reviews says? (And I also agree that Karen Allen looks great. I’m so glad she’s back…)

  • Short Round

    “You LIE, Dokta Jones. You LIE!”

  • M

    I agree Ceballos, Karen Allen looks great for 56! Why hasn’t this woman been doing more movies as of late? On a side note, what’s your favorite Indy flick? I say “Temple of Doom” is totally underrated!

  • Ceballos

    M-
    Because its the first one I saw as I was growing up (and because we tend to remember certain things from our youth more fondly), I have to say that “Last Crusade” is my favorite.
    I can now objectively recognize that “Last Crusade” is really a loose remake of “Raiders of the Lost Ark”, but I still love it and it’s still my favorite. LOVE the opening sequence with River Phoenix, LOVE Connery’s performance, and I LOVE some of the quotes that come from that movie (“He chose…poorly” and “No ticket!”)
    It’s funny that you mention “Temple of Doom” because I just watched it last night (I’m gently forcing my girlfriend to watch all the Indy movies before “Crystal Skull”). While I’d probably say it’s my third favorite out of the first three, I agree that it’s definitely underrated and that it gets a bad rap for being SO different from the others. I liked the opening Shanghai sequence, and its a very solid adventure flick (even if parts were a little racist).

  • Babs

    I didn’t read this item. I’m not all that excited about Indy 4. What I want to know is what is Karen Allen’s secret that she looks only slightly older than in the first movie? Never mind aging gracefully – she looks like she hardly ages at all! Maybe the ark prop really did have magical powers.

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