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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…
I’m glad I got to revisit this one, because the first time I saw this (when it came out), I was so underwhelmed and disappointed in it. I really didn’t care for this movie. I was sad and hated that I did not like it.
Well… I must say that with plenty of time gone by… I now LIKE this movie!
Having rewatched all of these films, it really is true to the Indiana Jones mystique.
There is so much good stuff happening here, that I can’t believe I was so jaded the last time I watched this. I guess it had a lot to do with the aliens or the “interdimensional beings” as they are called here. And although…
Only one I've ever watched.
I like a lot of ideas this film has. I love seeing Indiana Jones wrapped up with Cold War era antics, including Russian agents and alien conspiracies. Where the original trilogy was an homage to the pulps and serials, it makes sense for this film to be an homage to films of the 50s. I like what the mystery turns out to be, where the film travels, and most of the characters and actors. Unfortunately, the quality of the film making is simply not up to snuff. Like too many contemporary blockbusters, it looks shoddy, with poorly and over used CG where it doesn't make a lick of sense. It's bad enough to have bad CG, but to have it…
First of all people suck for hating on this movie!!! There is nothing wrong with it and it follows the pulp formula/world of Indiana perfectly! So much fun and shows that Harrison is still Epics although he will never not be
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I'm not sure I understand why people would dismiss aliens as an un-Jones-worthy subject for the film. It's just as valid as the supernatural nonsense in the other entries.
The VFX do feel a little self-indulgent in spots, which is to say, they feel almost too good for the sort of low-budget B-movie / serial ancestry it otherwise evokes. But that's just me loving the other three so much, for so many years. By comparison, this one occasionally feels a little too shiny.
But then, maybe I just haven't watched this one enough. After all — it ain't the years, it's the mileage.
okay but can we talk about how amazing shia was in this and how handsome he looked?? cutie af
It was ok.
My favourite of the Indy series.
Complete list. :-(
Well, looks like it's time to set up some rules. I'm not too picky, so all I have to say…