After countless numbers of rumours, script changes and felt tip fedora’s, Indiana Jones and the Kindom of the Crystal Skull is finally on screens across the globe. Does it live up to the expectations of fans or does it fall below the line?
The movie is set in the 50’s and right from the opening scene it does feel like a real Indy Jones flick, and I suspect that this part was done with just Spielberg.
But then here comes this rediculous alien plotline and this most certainly is where George Lucas steps in. It’s almost as if Spielberg decided that “Alien’s in ET Worked, so why won’t it work in this?” and Lucas said “well actually Steven, I’ve got some left over footage from this shit prequel Star Wars trilogy, we can just change the characters and call it Indy Jones“.
I’m sorry, Indy is all about adventures, artifacts, women and stunts. Well stunts weren’t short in this movie, but they were all the same.
Indy jumps from a truck to a jeep, Indy gets pulled from a bike into a car, punches the bad guys and gets back on the bike, Indy jumps from car to truck to car to truck to boat. I GET THE IDEA HE CAN JUMP FROM CAR TO CAR.
He hardly uses his whip, he hardly uses his gun, in fact he hardly has any meaningful relationships with characters.
One thing that always was great about the indy films was the chemistry between Harrison Ford and his supporting cast. Well this time round the movie is just full of characters that you really couldn’t give a shit about. You have a woman from the Soviet Union who has no real agenda trying to make Indy find the Crystal Skull, Indy’s collegue from the school, his sidekick Mutt and a double crossing agent guy who is fat with a british accent. When the story gets weak they just seem to mention an old character like Indy’s dad, Marcus Brody or they bring back Marion Ravenwood for a reunion and make up a totally transparrent story of their failed relationship.
It’s bloody boring as is the dialouge, in fact Harrison Ford seems to be the only one who has any wit about him, with interesting things to say and a fantastic performance while the rest of the cast lets him down.
John Hurt puts in a damn good role but once agian has only about 5 minutes worth of dialogue.
Action sequences are great but all in all the Crystal Skull will dissapoint most, it was solid but nothing outstanding and the whole Alien plot just ruined it for me