Saturday, May 24, 2008

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull


"Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" brings the famous adventurer back for one (last?) jaunt some twenty years after his last outing. Did I watch it? Absolutely! Did I laugh and cringe at all the right places? You betcha! Is it the best Indiana Jones installment ever? Well.... (warning: minor spoilers ahead)

Don't get me wrong, I did enjoy "Crystal Skull" quite a bit, but towards the end, I felt that it could have been much better.

While it was great to see Indiana Jones back in action, it's also quite clear that he's gotten, well, old. Following the timeline, the story finds Indy in his 60's. It stretches credulity to see him swinging on his bullwhip, but it just doesn't seem right for even the bad guys to be beating on an old man.

What bothers me more is how Spielberg and Lucas fudged the Indy mythos to fit in with his more modern environment. The central plot device of Indiana Jones films was always the mystical -- the Ark of the Covenant, the Shankara stones, the Holy Grail. "Crystal Skull", while coated in ancient mysticism, is sci-fi at its core. And that, I feel, is a deviation from the character.

All in all, it's still an enjoyable romp, but it doesn't beat "Raiders of the Lost Ark" or "The Last Crusade" or even "Temple of Doom."

11 comments:

  1. Hollywood is running low on ancient relics.

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  2. Quite the contrary, Hollywood is all about ancient relics. Case in point: Harrison Ford....

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  7. entertaining film although weirdly it made me feel like it's an indiana jones meets close encounters of the third kind movie.

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  8. Hi, Arci! Good to hear from you. How have you been?

    Yeah, I almost expected this would tie in to Close Encounters...or maybe ET. Gives the Spielberg mythos some sort of continuity. Meh.

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  9. Remember this scene in "The Last Crusade"

    Funny now. Wasn't so funny when I saw this the first time as a kid:

    http://youtube.com/watch?v=-DGFuHC75aY

    Yeah, when I saw that scene in "Crystal Skull", I was like, okay, Steven, stop that already.

    The previous 3 were, I think, more fun to watch. Hehe, trying to remember the bits and pieces I've seen when I was a kid.

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  10. Yeah, the ending of "Crystal Skull" felt a bit...forced. No pun intended.

    Reviewing the Youtube link, for a moment there the rapidly aging Nazi looked like Christopher Lloyd.

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  11. Yes, exactly. I thought it went something like:

    "Okay, let's just wrap this m...f...s... up and deal with it. I am Steven Spielberg. Everyone who knows me will get it. And that's everybody."

    Lol. Yep, he did look like Christopher Lloyd. Ahhh... Back to the Future...

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