All I can say.
Reviewed by queenmango for Star Wars at 2009-07-21 13:29:51
Wow! Is there anything else I could say to explain how much I think this movie should be seen and adored by all?! It is the kind of movie that can be loved by all different types and classes of people. It has it all. Drama,action,comedy...you name it.
Everyone has a point in their life where there is a choice that is made that will forever shape them. My choice was when I was 7 and my father took me to the movies to see Snow White in the theater and as we walked in the parking lot he asked me if I would rather see the other movie that was playing called "Raiders of the Lost Ark." That moment is one of my fondest memories because that cemented in me a love of adventure. The books I read, the places I go, my interests; they are all trying to make me feel like I did on that day when I was 7. God know what I would be like if I had picked Snow White...
In 'The Mosquito Coast', Harrison Ford gives the least Harrison Ford-like performance I've ever seen. This is a compliment, because normally Ford only knows how to play Harrison Ford. In this movie, however, he gives a convincing portrayal of madness that had me sit up and pay attention. Kudos as well to the late River Phoenix. This movie's worth a look.
Okay, Mr. Lucas, intellectually, I understand what you claim you were trying to do here. If the first three Indy movies were an homage to 1930s adventure serials, then 'Crystal Skull' is an homage to 1950s sci-fi B-movies. Okay, but the problem is, you're still making an Indy sequel, and the two genres don't blend well. Add to that the over-use of CGI (digital ants are just not creepy like REAL snakes, giant bugs or rats), and this kinda fun movie just falters.
We needed this flick 15 years ago, before the idea of what an Indy film should be got so diluted.
Brief periods of decent action and tries to be compelling & fun as the former films -- but the overdone, over-the-top action sequences just ruin these movies for me now! Can't you make action/chase scenes with some of the gritty and quasi-realistic flavor of the first Indy, and not be so "Matrix" ridiculous?
Blade Runner never clamours for your attention. It dazzles, but not with bombast. There are space ships and shoot-outs, but they are there to establish the tone more than to drive the plot.
Hey, Dr. Jones, what happened to your adopted son, Shorty? What did you leave him back on the streets of Shanghai with Willie Scott and a promise to return after you went out and grabbed a pack of cigarettes? Not cool, man. Not cool.