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?
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.