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Indiana Jones
and the
Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Movie Stats & Links

Starring: Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Cate Blanchett, Shia LaBeouf
MPAA Rated: PG-13
Released By: Paramount Pictures
Web Site: www.indianajones.com
Kiddie Movie: Not too young.  It's got nightmare potential, even for older folks creeped out by bugs.
Date Movie: It should be fun for the both of you.
Gratuitous Sex: Nah.
Gratuitous Violence: There is some gruesomeness and people killing each other.
Action: It's an "Indiana Jones" movie.  Duh.
Laughs: Those we would expect.
Memorable Scene: There is a nice "homage" to "Raiders of the Lost Ark."
Memorable Quote: Too many quips to quote.
Directed By: Steven Spielberg
Produced By: Frank Marshal

Indiana Jones
and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - PG-13

It's 2:04 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
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 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 solve the 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 ultimate power.

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!! L8R!!!

 

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