Dienstag, 3. Juni 2008

Indy is a criminal! OMG!

Because I have nothing to do really than surf the web and snag icons left and right read about stuff, I stumbled over this lovely piece via an Indiana Jones fan community on LJ. It's about Indiana Jones being violent and criminal and yet no policeman seems to want to do anything about him murdering people. To quote:

"Then we get to Egypt. Oh, boy. First off, when Indy and Marion are attacked in the street by assassins, that's self-defense; if someone swings a sword at you, you punch them in the face -- it's just common sense. But when someone 30 feet away from you just happens to have a sword, and hasn't attacked you in any way, that is not self-defense. You can't just shoot the guy. He may have been performing a traditional "sword dance," for all you know. That's murder one, pal. Ditto the guy in the truck that you shot in the head. Verdict: CRIMINAL."

That is all nice and well, but the writer seems to have forgotten one vital thing. Inch a bit closer and I will tell you...

You close enough? Okay, here it goes:


Seriously, people. That's one of the fantastic things about films. You can break the rules and get away with it! And while it is worthwhile to look at that fact, to point a finger at our heroes and our admiration for them, chastising ourselves for liking characters like that doesn't do it. It makes more sense to ask why we create our heroes as people bending and breaking the laws and stepping over them. Three of my all-time favourite film-heroes are of this type, and two coincidentally also played by the same actor: Indiana Jones, Han Solo, Captain Jack Sparrow. All three of them scoundrels, as Princess Leia so aptly puts it, but also "nice" men. Follow-ups of this type include characters like Riddick and Captain Malcolm Reynolds. So, maybe we could go beyond the mere listing in which scene Indiana Jones breaks a law, and get to the question, why the scriptwriter, director and producer let him do it, and why we admire it and even laugh at it. But please bear in mind the most important rule and speak with me:

It. Is. A. Film.

And no, I have no definitive answer for the question. And I doubt there is a definitive answer to any question. But I got some notions about things. Maybe I'll post them tonight, when I'm back from class.