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No, I don't think so,
This review is from: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2-Disc Special Edition) [DVD] (DVD)
Let me qualify this by saying that the first three films were not great films, but they were popcorn masterpieces. Let me also acknowledge that Indiana Jones has always been about thoroughly entertaining, fantasy adventure.
Right, with that in mind, let's dissect this mess of an installment. The plot was painfully off target - where the first three films based themselves on religious scripture & mysticism (something the viewer could at least vaguely relate to) that was obviously out for this edition. No doubt there was far too much worrying at Paramount about who might get offended - how times have changed...*sigh*
Instead the plot feels like it has been through about three different committees, all of whom have tried to squeeze in as many non religious alternatives as they could think of. It all adds up to something that is beyond fantasy adventure and unfortunately, beyond entertaining.
The cast: Harrison Ford is back and he's, well, he's not what he used to be. Neither is Karen Allen (Marion) who has a go at recapturing some of the spunk that made her interesting in Raiders - sadly, it's all a little embarrassing this time around. But wait, there's a new addition to the team in the form of Shia Laboeuf, who plays the young upstart "Mutt". All I can say is that River Phoenix had more screen impact in 10 minutes of The Last Crusade, than Laboeuf does over an entire film. But special honours for acting must go to John Hurt, who does a great impression of a dribbling maniac.
The enemy: well they're a pastiche bunch of evil commies (who somehow have no trouble running amok in America's most top secret military base), but they're no match for the nazis. I really missed the old enemy - couldn't some of the russians have at least worn the odd swastika? Well, perhaps not, but it would have tripled their menace factor instantly. Instead we get Cate Blanchett hamming it up as some sort of commie scientist/politburo/swashbuckling/queen bee er, I'm not sure what.
The rest: Lucas loves the green screen and this film is no exception. And don't forget the CGI scorpions, how Kate Capshaw must have laughed when she saw that scene - where are the real creepy crawlies?!
Old Indy films practically guaranteed horrifying deaths - well, if death by ant sounds horrifying enough then you're in for a treat, but the rest, especially the finale, are a major let down. Melting faces and "he chose poorly" this is not.
I think you get the picture, it's half baked, ill conceived, unnecessary and tired. The franchise is ripe for some new life to be breathed into it. This is not it.
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Initial post: 5 May 2009 21:30:06 BDT
I have been looking for reviews for my hubby to read (I've seen the movie. He hasn't)
Yours is a good review and spot on in my opinion!
Posted on 8 Jun 2009 01:03:30 BDT
Last edited by the author on 8 Jun 2009 01:03:56 BDT
I completely agree! I don't want to see it again. Everything about it is terrible. I like to think the last time we saw Indy was riding off into the sunset at the end of Last Crusade. A better Harrison Ford movie is "Firewall".
Posted on 9 Sep 2009 12:06:38 BDT
Brilliant review; said exactly what I would have, but far more eloquently!
"All I can say is that River Phoenix had more screen impact in 10 minutes of The Last Crusade, than Laboeuf does over an entire film."
Ha ha, this really made me chuckle. 'Tis true, too.
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