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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.
I love it. All of it. From the classical opening giving way to a rollicking rock 'n' roll tune, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is something different than fan-service for disgruntled internet complainers. It is a luscious tribute to 50s B-movies and the pulpy comics that inspired them, embracing every glorious quip and every moment of flowering insanity in order to liven the Indiana Jones universe into an old-fashioned burst of blockbuster entertainment.
Crystal Skull reminds me of a time when summer popcorn extravaganzas were directed, focusing on the story at hand rather than worrying about the studio's five-year plan of world domination. Steven Spielberg revels in every silly and goofy quirk in George…
Gripping drama about a dementing geriatric Archeologist who thinks he's having an adventure while in reality he's being spoon fed porridge.
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…
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…
You may have heard that there’s a scene in Steven Spielberg’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull in which the cinema’s most iconic archaeologist survives an atomic blast by hiding inside of a lead refrigerator. The incident occurs about 20 minutes into the grizzled whip-cracker’s fourth feature-length adventure—widely considered to be the series’ best (note to self: fact-check this later)—and it follows a scene in which a small squadron of Russian soldiers infiltrated Area 51, unveiled an alien corpse, and got derailed by an arthritic part-time college professor who’s so bad at his job that . . . well, these were supposed to be his office hours. So it’s safe to say that, even before the scene in question, Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, like the earlier films in its series, doesn’t feel particularly beholden to realism.
I was kind of an apologist for this one when it came out; I would have previously said maybe three stars or at least 2.5. But rewatching this again over the weekend on basic cable, I could not believe how many horrible choices (Shia LaTarzan vine swinging) and horrible choices (John Hurt as a babbling lunatic) and horrible choices (Indy and Marion bickering) and horrible choices (apparently sentient hordes of CGI killer ants) and horrible choices (endless Indiana Jones pratfalls) and horrible choices (the name "Mutt Williams") and horrible choices (the completely incoherent mythology surrounding the crystal skulls and the aliens) and horrible choices (basically every single part of the last 40 minutes) there are in this thing. And I…
Haphazardly cobbled together from bits of the other three movies, plus some leftovers from Close Encounters. Still, some of those bits were alright, I guess.
Indy debería estar en un museo, la pelicula no ofrece nada nuevo, tiene sus pequeños momentos entretenido gracias a sus escenas de acción y en verdad eso es todo, todo lo demás es tedioso que ver.
Link to my review http://youtu.be/eDoR-hhALWo?a
The Ghostbusters II of the Indiana Jones series.
People hold on to their rage and their indignation until the fucking cows come home. There is no need for that cause this one is actually okay. Like really!
Not bad. My childhood wasn't raped, which is something I'm happy to report. I was mostly just thinking about how much better this would have been had it been made in 1992 as opposed to 2008.
Film #19 of Smiler Grogan's Scavenger Hunt #18 1/8!
Task 20/30: A fourquel
Well, that was a letdown.
I mean, I enjoyed it before, but now it just got on my nerves. The characters are bland, the writing is stale, the story is weak, the action isn't that great, the callbacks are lame, yadda yadda yadda, you get the point by now.
"I've got a bad feeling about this."
Are you fucking kidding me?! STOP THAT!
The motorcycle chase was pretty cool, and there were a couple other fun highlights, but aside from that, it's pretty bad. Just stick to Holes.
"If you want to be an archaeologist, get out of the library!"
Directing - 4/10
Writing - 3/10
Cast and Characters - 3/10
Production Value - 6/10
Cinematography - 5/10
Pacing - 4/10
Visuals - 5/10
Music - 10/10
Rewatch Value - 3/10
Overall Enjoyment - 5/10
Final Score - 48/100
MAN THIS IS A TERRIBLE FUCKING MOVIE!!!!
I still stand by my opinion that that Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is an incredibly fun adventure action film and a worthy entry in the franchise (as well as much more entertaining than Temple of Doom).
Regarding common complaints people have with this film:
- "Too much CGI!" I felt the effects looked fine, but I do agree that more practical effects could've and should've been used.
- "Swinging with monkeys!" Yes, it's a silly moment, but all of the Indy films have silly moments.
- "Shia LaBeouf is terrible!" I beg to disagree. LaBeouf did a very good job as Mutt and his character was likable and incorporated well into the story.
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