Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
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||Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Cate
Blanchett, Shia LaBeouf
||Not too young.
It's got nightmare potential, even for older folks creeped
out by bugs.
||It should be fun
for the both of you.
||There is some
gruesomeness and people killing each other.
||It's an "Indiana
Jones" movie. Duh.
||Those we would
||There is a nice
"homage" to "Raiders of the Lost Ark."
||Too many quips to
Over low these many years, Indiana Jones has taken us to
a couple of stories based on bible legends and one about
stones that bring prosperity to an Indian village, so what
the hell, letís go to South America and a legend
dealing with ancient people who would stretch their skulls
to try and look like their heroes.
and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
A Movie Review
And oh yea, letís throw in a psychic, Russian dudette, and
a possible way to survive a small, nuclear blast.
And oh, oh yea, letís also toss in some inter-dimensional
space travel by some archeologists.
Itís an "Indiana Jones" movie, what did you expect Ė the
truth? No, leave that for "The X-Files."
So Harrison Ford is back as Indiana Jones, showing lazy
schlubs like me that Iíve got a lot of work to do if I want
to be able to confidently take my shirt off in a movie
twenty years from now. In normal fashion he is thrown right
in the middle of historical artifact intrigue, this time
with the Russians, led by Irena Spalko (Cate Blanchett), hot
on the trail of trying to solve the riddle of the Crystal
Skulls. A nuclear explosion and an FBI investigation later,
Indy finds himself out of a job and being stalked by Mutt (Shai
LaBeouf). Mutt needs Indy because he has a note that will
hopefully solve the disappearance of his Mom, and now,
wouldnít you know it, Mutt is entwined with Indy to try and
riddle of the Crystal Skulls. The both of them find
the both of themselves in South
America, and itís a race for Indy to solve said riddle before Irena does, because, of course, the bad
people canít be given something that might give them
Along the way we find, much to our delight, that Marion
(Karen Allen) has returned, happens to be Muttís mom, and
instantly Indy and Marion are back to their smart-mouth
ways. We also find a single/double/triple/greedy-cross by an
old acquaintance of Indyís, an ant-hill of, well, creepy
ants, and monkeys as teachers.
Look, Iím not going to go much more into the story
because all I will be doing is giving things away, and come
on, itís an "Indiana Jones" movie, full of the same "Oh,
come on!" "Whoa!," creepy, and funny moments we have come to
know from the series. There will be haters of the movie, Iím
thinking usually by over-analyzers who didnít get introduced
to the "Raiders of the Lost Ark" original in the theater when
it was released in 1981, instead contemplating the "reality"
quotient while first watching it on VHS, but me, Iíve
grown up with Indiana Jones, and itís great to see him back,
complete with a possible successor to the legacy.
For me I really enjoyed "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of
the Crystal Skull," mostly because Spielberg, Lucas, and the
rest of those involved just gave us fans, who donít need to
be critical or analytical of a movie to have a good
time, well, a good time. Harrison Ford and Karen Allen
fell totally back into the personas we knew and loved, and
now, know and love again, while Shia LeBeouf was great as
the cocky, greaser, biker-dude, always looking for
adventure. Go figure. And, oh yea, if the person youíre
seeing the movie with is a little creeped out by bugs, donít
mention the scene with the ant hill beforehand because what
fun would that be?
Itís 4 Ĺ stars out of 5 for the latest Indy flick. Take
the movie for exactly what you probably expect, and youíll
have a great time.
Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!!