Indiana Jones & the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
I had an advantage watching this DVD; most people I know had told me after seeing it at the cinema that it was good for the first half, but then the movie looses the plot and becomes a muddled mess that leaves a disappointing taste in your mouth. I guess the after taste is a result of all the hype and expecting too much from an old franchise. I must admit I cringed at one of the early scenes, the sheer cheesiness of it was almost too much, but then this is Indiana Jones, so a little cheese is to be expected.
With the twenty-year gap, the Nazis have long gone and a new foe has risen; communism is now Indy’s biggest threat and Spielberg does a great job in setting the scene and flavour of the era. Despite his elderly nature, Harrison still does a credible job as Jones who seems to have kept in good shape – must be all the adventures he’s been on over the last two decades! He still knows how to escape a close call, only to get him self into another one.
Indiana Jones movies have always been known for their action scenes and this installment doesn’t disappoint, with many a wild ride, death defying situations and fights a plenty. The plot has numerous cheesy twists and turns and Ray Winstone helps Indy with his one-liners. Cate Blanchett tries hard but doesn’t seem to enjoy the cheesiness of her character and Shia is, well, Shia.
The storyline of Indy movies has never been that believable, but the best two movies of the (old) trilogy have always had some type of Biblical artifact which is probably another reason why some people have struggled with the new Indy, as the plot goes a little to spacey for my liking.
All in all however, it was nice to have Indy back, but after all is said and done, I hope Lucas doesn’t convince Spielberg to do another, especially after the great way they ended this movie with a nice throwback to the original.
Reviewed by: Jonathan Read.
Rating: M – Contains Medium Fantasy Violence.
Duration: 117 mins.
Genre: Action, Adventure.
Director: Steven Spielberg.
Actors: Ray Winstone, Harrison Ford, John Hurt, Karen Allen, Cate Blanchett, Jim Broadbent, Shia LaBeouf.
Release Date: Available now.