Yes I liked Indiana Jones when I was growing up, who didn’t? Harrison Ford had massive charisma and he did a great job in his usual reluctant hero role, as dashing, funny and adventurous, Indiana Jones. The action was fun and well-paced and the settings were wonderfully exotic, all highly entertaining elements that can create a good movie. But I recently came across back story information about the film. Dr. Jones had a relationship with his feisty love interest, Marion, when she was still a child. Spielberg and Lucas discussed this, they brainstormed that she was supposed to be around 14 yrs old when she first met and had a fling with him. He was a colleague of her father, he was definitely an adult, already a professor/archeologist. In the film, it’s suggested that Indiana broke her heart when he left to continue his various adventures. She said something like, “I was just a child!” How creepy! Yes they had great chemistry based on their fighting banter but why did Spielberg and Lucas think pedophilia was acceptable? I wasn’t aware of this hint, when I was a child watching the film. I didn’t even know what sex was yet, I’m proud of that, that I was allowed to be a child, not rushed into the adult world. In the final Indiana Jones film, (which was awful), Jones and Marion get married and he realizes that he fathered her child. It was a happy ending but I wish their backstory didn’t have that Lolita aspect. Why couldn’t Marion have been in her twenties when she first met Indiana? Come on Spielberg and Lucas, stop romanticizing pedophilia!
Why was Padme Queen of Naboo, (rhymes with Taboo!) when she was just 14? Why wasn’t she a Princess instead? Why refer to a girl as a Queen? She was elected, she didn’t earn the title by birthright. When children are portrayed as functioning in adult roles in film and media, it’s a subtle form of programming. It conditions the audience to think that children are simply shorter versions of adults, capable of handling complex adult issues, which isn’t accurate at all. Even if she had the additional support of adult counselors, it still doesn’t change the power and level of responsibility that she was given over an entire planet, (minus the underwater Gungans).
Another strange element was the fact that young Anakin Skywalker was about 9 yrs old when he met and fell in love with Padme who was about 5 years older. Yes they were still both children, but the age gap is more significant at earlier stages of development. Padme would’ve been going through hormonal changes, she was not yet a woman but was growing into one. While Anakin at age 9 or 10, hadn’t started puberty yet, he was in a whole different stage of life. He was portrayed as a genius boy mechanic that could fix droids and pilot racing pods. I have a 10 year old son, he is a typical kid and although he’s smart and sensitive, he definitely isn’t ready to fall in love or have romantic crushes. He plays with mostly boys, they still play versions of tag and goof around making fart jokes, he loves video games and books, that’s the average maturity level of a 10 year old. I guess there are genius exceptions, that go to college when they’re kids, but they’re still not ready for dating. I can see how as Padme and Anakin got older, the age difference balanced out but still, Lucas was once again, catapulting young children to function at maturity levels that weren’t realistic.