Mark, Lawrence, Sarahlyn, and Al talk about the blockbuster archaeological adventure films created in 1981 by George Lucas and Stephen Spielberg that we grew up with and which have now been revived and apparently concluded twice, currently via James Mangold’s Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny.
What’s the formula for these films, and which deviations to we appreciate? Does this genre rooted in “white savior among the savages” tropes (jungle adventure) even make sense any more? How was it modernized, and did putting the setting in the ’50s and now late ’60s in the later films make sense?
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Audio editing by Tyler Hislop of Pixel Box Media.