Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Mini-Review

There’s a mystical place in South America, one which a crystal skull holds special powers over. Pushed by Russian soldiers, Indiana Jones and his friends travel there to unveil the mystery surrounding it.

Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is fairly predictable, as evident by conjecture I wrote prior to seeing the movie (which turned out to be mostly true (( Which makes that post slightly spoilerful, so beware! )) ). Indy is 19 years older which makes it 1957 since Crusade was 1938. That means we won’t see Nazis, which makes the charicatured-villain-compass point towards red Russia. Indy’s been to the middle east, India, Tibet and Japan. What’s left to see? Mayan pyramids and Moai statues. It was one or the other. In fact, there’s a lot of other things you might deduce by simply looking at the poster.

You’d think predictability would detract? Nope. This is Indiana Jones, not an M. Night Shyamalan movie. It simply has everything an Indy should have. It starts with the classic (( And I do mean classic )) Paramount logo fading into—well, something. It has the hat, the whip, the snakes. It has a bunch of in-crowd references that only the die-hards will notice and love (hint: it’s not the first time Harrison has said “I’ve got a bad feeling about this”). It delivers on the acting, the effects, the setting—even the story is alright considering 19 years have passed.

There are only three things to criticize about this movie. First of all, one gets a slight feeling that everyone is trying too hard. Secondly, at one point Indy says “nucular”—which is not a word. Finally: why three Star Wars prequels—why not three Indy sequels? One of these points detracted the 6th star from a perfect review. You pick.

None of that matters much, as I absolutely loved this movie, and I can’t wait to own it several times over, and I’ll be first in line for Indy 5.

4 thoughts on “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Mini-Review”

  1. Ken F. says:

    Definitely not as good as the first 3. This was anticlimactic in my opinion. What was the point of beating the Russians to return the skull as Indy said? The Russians ended up returning it first anyway and what good did it do?

  2. Chris says:

    like Superman Returns, this movie suffered from a history of competing scripts, where a good but not great (and certainly not best) story idea emerged.

    though continuing to be an exciting homage to the 1930s and 40s serials, and now to Indy lore itself, this is far and away the weakest installment. the suspension of disbelief was stretched to the point of camp in many scenes, where the fantastic could be dismissed as obnoxious. a minor touch of realism in dialogue, story and other elements would have greatly augmented the fun, humorous and adventurous moments this movie can pride itself on.

    solid acting by Harrison Ford, Shia Lebouf, Jon Hurt and Ray Winstone. Karen Allen is a great actress, but was often given poor material, material that sometimes seemed out-of-character, unbelievable, or pandering to certain demographics of the audience. the last charge could be dismissed if you look at the entire ensemble of characters as formulaic, though i don’t remember Dr. Henry Jones I (played by Sean Connery) as being as obnoxious or foolhardy.

    the Skull as a plot device and the story surrounding it aren’t as alluring as past artifacts, treasure and adventure from the first three movies. ultimately, there’s a disconnect between our heroes and the realm of other dimensions, leaving a disconnect betwen the movie and its viewers.

  3. Mats says:

    I liked the movie a lot.

    It went completely, utterly overboard in the end, and I had a hard time giving in to it, but when I did it was great 🙂

  4. Anders says:

    A little late to the fray but watched this one yesterday on DVD. Absolutely fantastic entertainment and loved every bit of it. Already looking forward to the next instalment.

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