Watched Aug 27, 2012
Silent J’s review:
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 more? Going into it, you know it's not gonna be nearly as good as past films. For starters, as cool as Indiana Jones was back in the day, he's too fucking old today. Half the stuff that looked cool in the 80's looks ridiculous when he does it now so you have to at least have fun with it and I had loads of fun with this.
You know, there is no way I can even try to defend Indy 4 without discussing how it "Nuked the Fridge" which is equivalent to jumping the shark apparently. To be honest, I think that scene was hilarious. Yes, it's silly but with all of the silly and stupid shit that happened in Temple of Doom get a pass? I mean can you really tell me that THIS is dumber than THIS. Why does the latter get a pass while this gets shit on? Both are dumb and silly films. The latter just happens to have aliens.
Anyway, the point I'm trying to make is that this is stupid and silly but it's entertaining as hell, at least for me. The performances are fine. Harrison Ford and Karen Allen don't have the same charm or the twinkle in their eyes they had in the first film, but they both do well. Shia LaBeouf isn't half as annoying as previous films. Look at it this way, his character could have been handled a lot worse. They could have had Indy pass the torch (hat) to LaBeouf and we all know NO ONE WANTS TO SEE THAT. Cate Blanchett makes for a solid villain, John Hurt is pretty good, and Ray Winstone damn good, even if it gets repetitive how many times his character double crosses Indy.
The action scenes are not only fun but really creative. That chase in the jungle especially was fantastic and pretty original. The story is of course convuluted but I think it could have been worse. It kept me interested and entertained and that's the important thing right? No matter how dumb, stupid, convuluted, and flawed a film is (and this one is all of the above) you just have to be entertained. Would that make this a guilty pleasure? I guess so, but I honestly don't think this is as bad as people make it out to be. Then again, the way I see it, there are no good or bad films. Just films you like and films you don't like. It all matters on what YOU like and I like this film. Hell, I like this a lot more than Temple of Doom to be honest.
So please folks, calm down. It's not that bad. If it is, I like it a lot anyway.