Most of these aren't NEARLY as bad as everyone makes them out to be on here. And I don't particularly…
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.
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…
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…
After re-watching, reliving and re-loving the Indiana Jones films this past month, the time came for me to view the much maligned 4th movie again.
I'd booked a day off work way back when to watch the first show, first day and was hugely underwhelmed. I'd seen it again back in 2010 and it worked better.
But after this third viewing, it's also likely to be my last for a very, very long time.
The problems with Indiana Jones & the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull begin at George Lucas's completely inept, thrill-less story.
David Koepp's script of that story is horribly forced, much too knowing of Indy's iconic status and in trying to capture what we all love about the…
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…
Eleven quick thoughts on the irredeemable, plodding disaster that is Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull :
1. Nuking the fridge is possibly the most plausible sequence in the entire film.
2. It's a good thing there was only one highly magnetic container in the entire Area 51 storage room.
3. Some nice forward thinking by the aliens to design their crystal skulls to repel fire ants.
4. Hiring so many Soviet soldiers to stand around while the Joneses quarrel could not have been economically efficient.
5. It's always impressive when a film can completely waste three Academy Award winning actors.
6. Just as impressive, the consecutive number of terrible decisions made in regards to Cate Blanchett's…
A few cool action scenes unfortunately cannot save a script and overall plot that is uninteresting and boring from start to finish. Albeit quite unrealistic (waterfalls anyone?) the few action sequences did make the movie semi-enjoyable, but they had nothing to do with advancing the story. A bunch of the characters are useless, as well - never really hated or even cared about the villains. The ending - ummm....was that supposed to make me go "OMG so cool!"? Overall, not recommended.
Note: it took me about 5 sittings to get through this.
Desperately preoccupied with assuring us that it does, in fact, take place in THE FIFTIES and truly no more absurd than any of the first three movies. The script doesn't allow Blanchett to go the full camp both appropriate and necessary to make her an even vaguely compelling villain, though John Hurt seems more than willing to (try to) make up the difference.
The best part of the original movies were the insane stunts and imaginative set pieces. That's been replaced with Phantom Menace-esque cg and Shia Lebeuf playing a greaser tough guy in the worst casting in cinema history.
Friend: The fourth one sucks!
Me: No, it's not that bad! Really, a whole lot better than the second!
Boy was I wrong. It really sucks.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I acknowledge that I'm almost completely in the minority here, but I like…er, scratch that, love this movie. Not only was it a treat to see a new Indiana Jones film in the theater in it's original release, but I've always found it to be full of thrills, humor and heart. Hell, I even love the ending. Indy discovering 50's-style UFOs? Yup. I really, really dug it. And it's held up on multiple viewings. While LaBeouf's character feels a bit wedged in, I don't mind it all that much and Blanchett & Winstone more than make up for that.
Sure, we don't get Indy using his gun or any Nazi's. And it can be quite OTT (although that Nuke-The-Fridge hatred people have is bullshit. The Indy series has always been WAY out there) but it's got buckets of entertainment and charm.
…At least, I think so, anyway.
This is like rape of the childhood
That was dumb
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