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Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
The adventure continues . . .
During the Cold War, Soviet agents watch Professor Henry Jones when a young man brings him a coded message from an aged, demented colleague, Henry Oxley. Led by the brilliant Irina Spalko, the Soviets tail Jones and the young man, Mutt, to Peru. With Oxley's code, they find a legendary skull made of a single piece of quartz. If Jones can deliver the skull to its rightful place, all may be well; but if Irina takes it to its origin, she'll gain powers that could endanger the West. Aging professor and young buck join forces with a woman from Jones's past to face the dangers of the jungle, Russia, and the supernatural.
Gripping drama about a dementing geriatric Archeologist who thinks he's having an adventure while in reality he's being spoon fed porridge.
In cinemas, often in movies that are meant for mass entertainment & nothing less or more, there is always a limit beyond which the suspension of disbelief simply goes out of the window. Once this threshold is crossed, then what was envisioned as illogical yet ridiculously fun sequence simply turns into something that's absolutely stupid, absurd & an insult to human intelligence.
And that's what Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is. Not just in few sequences but from start to finish. Opening with an act that involved surviving an atomic bomb detonation by hiding under a fridge, this needless sequel in the Indiana Jones franchise makes a complete joke of itself and is an unimaginably pathetic addition to…
Pros: Harrison Ford, and a few entertaining scenes, thanks to Mr. Ford... Seriously, just Harrison Ford back as Indiana Jones and still acting the part to near perfection is enough for me to still enjoy some of the movie and give an above average rating. Didn't mind Cate Blanchett or Ray Winstone either.. I actually liked the idea of making the Communists the new Nazis.
Cons: Mutt Williams, the mcguffin and the whole alien theme of the movie, nuke the fridge, the overuse of CGI and basicly everything else more or less. I didn't care for the alien theme, it just doesn't belong in an Indiana Jones movie in my oppinion. Every other mcguffin has had some sort of religious…
1/2 star for existing, and that's the best I can say about it.
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So this is the film people claim is one of the worst to come out in not only the last decade, but ever? The film that shit on it's entire franchise?
It's actually not that bad.
Yeah, yeah, I know. It gets a bad rep for doing some stupid shit and it indeed does do some stupid shit. The thing with the aliens was fucking stupid. I think we can all agree aliens have no place in an Indiana Jones film. But really, when you think about it, is it really THAT bad? Not the aliens, that is THAT bad, but the whole film. If this film had no aliens, do you think you may have enjoyed this a little…
While not a terrible film, KCS offends the films that came before it by replacing breathtaking stunt-work with lunch-losing CGI. Some of the sequences are so bad (monkeys, ants, jeeps, groundhogs, the climax) that it looks like footage from a shitty old video-game. Terrible performances by most of the cast highlighted by Karen Allen, who I assumed at this point in her career actually worked at the bar in the first film, phones in a garbage barge of a take on her old character. Labeouf and whatever Cate Blanchett was doing round out the rest of the amateur ensemble. There are some good sequences and moments that rekindle a bit of magic, but Spielberg beats you over the head with…
Don't even know where to begin with this. They just shouldn't have made another in the already-good series. And if they did, how about not emphasizing Indy's old age and maybe go in a completely different direction. The whole thing is silly, down to the jumping jungle monkeys, CG gofers, Cate Blanchett's bad Russian accent, the lighting not matching the originals, and Indiana Jones' son played none other than Shia LaBeouf.
I like being the voice of dissension. I like to enjoy movies that everyone else hates. I really do.
This one is pure garbage though. The plot, the acting, the pacing, the everything. It's just a serious piece of garbage.
How the mighty have fallen... I avoided this movie for years, and while I don't think its the huge dump on a near perfect franchise that everyone said it was, its definitely a HUGE step down. It's got its moments, but it also has Shia LeBeouf swinging on vines through the jungle and some things can't be forgiven. There's several instances throughout this movie that it almost feels like a parody of the previous films. Other times, it feels like George Lucas watched an episode of Ancient Aliens and thought up the whole dumb story.
I readily admit that nostalgia is a a big factor with my love of the Indiana Jones movies, and if I was seven years old,…
Directed by Steven Spielberg
It seems like general public opinion on the fourth Indiana Jones ranges from negative to REALLY negative and my reaction when I walked out of the theater back in 2008 was mixed at best, though I didn't think it was anywhere near "terrible", just a little on the disappointing side. We often go into movies like this with a very high level of expectation and hype, so I often wonder how much of that works into initial reactions. Somehow, I never revisited "Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" until this viewing and my expectation level was now the opposite of what it was back in the summer of 2008.
Through completely anecdotal evidence, I find…
Perhaps the best of the lot. Less annoying childish parts than the others. The end wasn't as anywhere near as bad as people say. Aliens were done fairly well.
The adventures aren't just self-contained, they're entirely stationary, like a series of dioramas. Stationary, but not sedate--that's important, especially for those who continue to insist that Ford's age (or "nuking the fridge," aren't-you-clever-for-pointing-it-out) had anything to do with anything.
So for all of that, this one feels more like the screen-by-screen backdrops of "Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis". Point being that it's weirdly different, the sort of theoretical Indy adventure that they would make for paperbacks, comics, and graphic adventures--the sort of Indy adventure that every writer cooks up for a later, just-in-case time. And that's good, but it's still Spielberg behind the wheel--and to some degree, he and Lucas and Koepp can't play into that post-Crusade mentality…
Really? REALLY? So this was the movie everyone was complaining about that "ruined" the franchise? It was a pure, dumb, joyful romp- exactly like the previous three. Typically I can't stand Shia Lebeuf, but I thought he was perfect here as a wannabe tough guy. And Harrison ford is stil sexy at seventy or whatever.
Nostalgia blinded anyone who thinks this movie is significantly worse or different than the previous three. Thats my theory and I'm sticking to it.
(Edited from a blog entry originally published May 22, 2008, at blogs.dailyherald.com)
It's about 14 hours since the credits rolled on "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull," and I'm still trying to convince myself that Steven Spielberg did not direct it.
"Crystal Skull" plays, more or less, like a cheap imitation of an "Indiana Jones" movie. Everything about it just seems...off. I knew we were in trouble when the film's very first shot was of a CGI gopher poking its head out of the dirt. The movie betrays, again and again, a year's worth of interviews with Spielberg in which he said he would do everything possible to not make this film a digital effects extravaganza. There…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
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