I'm really glad to see I'm not the only person who's excited to see the new Indiana Jones movie for the indisputably awesome Karen Allen. I love her like whoa.
When I was a kid, two of the films I totally watched the fuck out of were Raiders of the Lost Ark and Starman, because I was convinced Karen Allen was pretty much the coolest woman on the planet—and probably in the entire multiverse.
I haven't changed my mind.
I could give a fook about Harrison Ford (even though I love all of the Indy films); it's Karen Allen I can't. bloody. wait. to see!
UPDATE: (And possible spoiler...?) So, it just occurred to me that I had written something once about how I hoped Karen Allen would be in the new Indy film. And lo and behold, exactly one year ago today (!!!) I wrote:
Okay, so Mr. Shakes and I are both massive Indiana Jones fans. Each of us watched those films like nine gazillion times when we were kids—and we still watch them with embarrassing regularity. So we met the news that Indy 4 was finally really truly no we're serious this time we mean it we swear going into production with both trepidation and the drooling anticipation of the profound geekdom that informs basically every aspect of our lives.This proves not only that I am a genius, but that Steven Spielberg reads Shakesville.
…So, one day, we're having a chat about it in the car while we're driving somewhere or other, and he tells me he hears that Shia LaBeouf (adorable!) has been cast in the film. I tell him that the best. plot. evah. would be if it turns out that Shia is his son—and they bring back the hellacool superawesome Karen Allen as Shia's mom, because Karen Allen was never surpassed as Indy's match, and Indy knows it, and we know it, dammit!
Mr. Shakes, like, honestly gasped. "Babe. That is the fooking greatest idea oof all time."
"I fucking know!" I said. "And now that I've thought of it, they'd better do it, or I'm gonna be pissed!"
He goes, real solemn-like, "Me too, babe.