So how was Indiana Jones?

There are few films that drag me out to the cinema these days. The crowds of noisy people, and the joker’s with laser pointers mean that I appreciate enjoying a movie on DVD or On-Demand in the comfort of my own home. However, when Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was announced I knew we’d be sat in a theater to see it.

So how would i rate the film?

Overall

I really enjoyed it. There were enough true Indiana Jones sequences to keep a fan such as myself happy, and the cast and crew had worked hard to keep the swashbuckling sense of adventure so apparent in the old movies alive in this fourth sequel.

The Good

Harrison Ford reprised one of his most famous roles with typical aplomb. His stunts were polished, his humour was perfectly timed, and he managed to keep you on the edge of your seats through the whole film.

Karen Allen returns as Marion Ravenwood with all the fire and enthusiasm that had been so apparent in her initial outing as the love of Dr Jones’ life in Raiders of the Lost Ark. The scenes of the two of them together had an honest magnetism and enjoyment that really made you feel for their characters and cheer the fact that their lives had brought them back together.

Cate Blanchett, John Hurt, and Ray Winstone all turned out brilliant performances, even when the script was a bit patchy, and gave the film the perfect weight.

There are several “stand out” sequences within the movie that I’ll mention in a way that hopefully won’t ruin your enjoyment of the film, or contain to many spoilers. They are;

  • The pre-title sequence managing to combine an homage to American Graffiti which was so obviously a George Lucas touch with the return to the Ark’s warehouse!
  • The chase sequence on the Harley Davidson, so many ‘Indiana Jones’ moments, and some beautiful stunt work.
  • The whitewater DUKW sequence proved that computer graphics can beused subtly to good effect.

The Bad

Unfortunately it can’t all be brilliant, and there were a few elements that just didn’t quite work for me. Nothing big enough to ruin the film, but just enough to make you wonder “why did they do that?”. Remember, these are just my opinions, but;

Shia LaBeouf, might be hot Transformers, but he alongside the cast mentioned above his acting chops just aren’t up to scratch. Although he doesn’t seem right for Indiana and Marion’s son, he manages a so-so impression of Marlon Brando in On The Waterfront on the Harley.

The ‘monkey sequence’ which cannot be discussed without ruining a small part of the film, but trust me you’ll know it when you see it and you’ll understand why I say “Oi, Spielberg, WTF?”.

Finally, I better say that I felt the adventure ending is weak but it doesn’t matter because the movie itself ends on a beautiful high note and this is Indiana Jones!!!

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3 comments

  1. Nicole Morten · May 24, 2008

    I saw the movie last night, and overall, I thought it was great. However, I did think the CGI was a little obvious in some parts of the movie. I don’t want to ruin it for those who haven’t seen it, but, in a few scenes you could definitely tell it was a digital backdrop. Did you notice?

  2. bardsworld · May 25, 2008

    Hi Nicole,

    I completely agree and know which scenes you mean. Not only was the one sequence several minutes too long, and pandering to low humour not in keeping with the rest of the films style, but also had some of the most atrocious green-screening. Made you wonder why they did it!

  3. Travis · July 12, 2008

    It was disappointing compared to the other films. It had a predictable story line. But I did enjoy it.

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