indiana jones and the kingdom of the crystal skull (2008)

by zEke

Nineteen years later the hero is back. We have waited long, too long maybe, for the archaeologist to come back after Steven Spielberg and George Lucas saw, and explode, his potential back in the eighties. No less than three adventures in a decade. The hero is now older, the hat and the whip stay the same, what about everything else?

Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) is force to help Irina Spalko (Cate Blanchett) and her Russian army find an extraterrestrial creature with a mysterious crystal skeleton in a military base in the Nevada dessert. Once back in the Marshall College Jones is contacted by Mutt Williams (Shia LeBouf) who tells him Harold Oxley (John Hurt), and old colleague of Jones, has disappeared after discovering a crystal skull in Peru. No need to explain what follows.

No matter how long ago it was when the first adventure was released, the formula is still the same. The good guys spend the whole movie getting away, either from the bad guys or random dangers. It still is about getaways, one after the other, it has always been. Truth is, in nineteen years, they have had the time to think about them and by means of nowadays special effects it is easier to translate those ideas into the silver screen.

There is a big but, though. The script is cheesy and childish. Sometimes one feels the characters keep explaining what is going on so every single child watching the movie gets it. I said cheesy too. You better learn by yourself, but with Jones’ true love around, it is not difficult to imagine the story takes that direction. Also, what is with all the cute computer animated animals?

Nevertheless, in my opinion, the experience survives those details. It does because one is there for the fun, and the fun is indeed there. As for the cast, Ford is older but still able to move around gracefully, Blanchett is more than good as evil Spalko, and LeBouf builds a character that might have the potential to take over his father (I do not think I am saying anything you do not know) in the future, just not yet.

All in all, I cannot think of a reason indiana jones and the kingdom of the crystal skull is not a good way to spend around two hours of your life. It delivers the fun, plus if you are a real fan, it is filled with references to the previous adventures, some obvious, some not.

For the deadhours of those who missed him.


official site | imdb


1 Comment

  1. I’m glad there are good impressions about this new adventure. I still haven’t watched it but I was afraid they could piss off all of us who loved the old ones. Looking forward to see it!.

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