I think my history-loving wife was hit with nostalgia this morning. My breakfast fixing was accompanied by Trevor Rabin’s uplifting and patriot-inspiring score and I immediately knew what was on the tube. This flick was a favorite as the young miss was growing up.
Before I knew it, I was running almost an hour late to work. No matter that the whole fam knows much of the script from memory.
The premise is possibly silly, likely unbelievable, but who cares? The filmmakers were subtle. The conspiracy-theory-addled main characters are so engaging, you feel like an idiot not believing the treasure actually exists. After all, who wants to get lumped in with the desk-bound FBI and Homeland Security these days? Surely not me. I’d rather go on adventures across a good swath of American history.
Viewing it post-1/6 was an experience. I was thinking of the contrast between the post-9/11 feel-good American-ideals narrative and the cowardice and dumb-headedness of Capitol invaders and their theories of white supremacy buttressed by the ego of a billionaire who makes Sean Bean a bit more likable.
I hear a third movie and a tv series are in consideration. I don’t know. I think the first story stands well, and it wasn’t until it raked in oodles of box office for the Mouse that a sequel was in the works. As long as it hammers at unAmericanism without being slavishly patriotic, maybe I’m fine with that. I think the film achieves a feel-proud sense for the ideals of the Founders without indulging nationalism.