Here there be monsters (socratic) wrote,
Here there be monsters
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Indiana Jones and the Mountains of Flesh

I think that the differences between the Indiana Jones films and the Tomb Raider movies are significant markers of many of the changes society has gone through over the last two decades. While the first trilogy was an homage to serials and pulp novels from the first two thirds of the 20th century, created by a pair of excellent and relatively young filmmakers and full of fun, their two counterparts are a corporate produced product, based directly on a source that ripped off the Indy movies, and jammed packed not with stories of adventure but sex, violence, and special effects.

There are other ways in which the difference in the films mirror the changes in society, ranging from the gender switch of the protaganist to the naked glorification of capitalist sentiments (Indiana is an archaeologist and he fights against those who would take valuable treasures for a profit, though he certainly doesn't object to the occasional honorariam, while Lara's motives are clear from her label as Tomb Raider).

Cross-Posted to the debate community for shitz and giggles.
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