Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Lucas and Spielberg again team up to bring Harrison Ford back in the fedora in a hugely hyped return that lives up to its adventurous roots, but suffers from the vices of its day. The Soviets are hot on Indy's trail as they both race deep into the Amazon to recover a legendary crystal skull with potentially extraterrestrial powers. Indy's joined by a young greaser named Mutt Williams (LaBeouf), who shares Jones's thrill for danger and possibly his gene structure. The thrill and excitement are constant, but suffer from a CGI overload and a series of lapses in credibility in the second half. Allen is back as Indy's long-lost love and LaBeouf brings a renewed spirit of youth to the journey (and likely a renewed boom in lunchbox and Lego sales for a second generation of Indy fans).
Review by Brian Tallerico
Since Harrison Ford first cracked a whip in one of the best movies of all time, Raiders of the Lost Ark, countless imitators have stepped forward to try and take the action/adventure throne away from Indiana Jones. The Mummy and National Treasure franchises are the most blatant ...Read More
Suffers from Genre Confusion Sharkbait at 2009-03-07 02:43:49
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?
Where was Short Round? CoolerKing at 2008-06-08 22:10:56
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.