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Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Don't believe the critics

This movie was great. Maybe the critics only watched the first few minutes when Indy did indeed come across as old & washed up. Which is the point! I especially liked when Karen Allen joined the festivities bringing us full circle. When the movie ended I had a smile...
This movie was great. Maybe the critics only watched the first few minutes when Indy did indeed come across as old & washed up. Which is the point! I especially liked when Karen Allen joined the festivities bringing us full circle. When the movie ended I had a smile on my face & I was ready to watch it again.

posted by jeannejoe on October 1, 2010

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Painful and Embarrassing

Jaw droppingly awful. Unwatchable. A disaster of epic proportions. I'm being charitable. There is so much wrong with this film, I'm going to write something complimentary: the actors soldiered through this mess without losing their dignity. There is only the flimsiest t...
Jaw droppingly awful. Unwatchable. A disaster of epic proportions. I'm being charitable. There is so much wrong with this film, I'm going to write something complimentary: the actors soldiered through this mess without losing their dignity. There is only the flimsiest tissue paper of a plot. There are glaring continuity problems. The film has no heart. No excitement, and the humour that is intentional is strained and weak. If there was a script, and I don't believe one ever existed, it was written on a wet bar napkin.
George Lucas, may God rest his soul, is a very talented man; a genius even. That being said, CGI a film does not make. Indiana Jones is about adventure, like the old serials the first three films emulate. A rolling boulder, snake pits, and Nazis are the danger. The hero is dashing, modest and admirable.
He does not get into a Refrigerator as shelter from an atom bomb blast. Furthermore, he does not emerge unscathed after said icebox is blown miles away. This is not Marvel comics. He does not get "blacklisted for helping the KGB", then complain that woe is me, this is all unfair persecution. Grow up! Be a Man! Commrade Cate Blanchett is running aroung New Mexico waving a saber, and Indys feelings are hurt? Is that Oliver Stones handwriting on that napkin?
As for the crystal skull itself: Mr. Lucas aren't you aliened out by now? Seriously, you just had to put them and their obligitory saucer in an Indiana Jones film. With the resources of all of Hollywood it all ends up with little green men. With magnetic crystal skeletons that some how the Creator thought was a good idea. I'm sure if Homo Sapiens had evolved crystal skeltons we'd have interdimensional travel too. And live on a planet of puffy floaty soft thingees and sit on bubble wrapp and eat broth and untoasted bread so nothing would ever happen to our precious magnetic crystal bones.
This movie is poison, just like the blowdart that somehow is toxic on both ends. At least we can look forward to, after several more releases and editions, the Definative Directors Cut! where Jar Jar Binks is found to be the cause of the Atomic Explosion. Meeso Sorry Indy!

posted by Hugo-Z-Hackenbush on October 1, 2010

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Will the real Indiana Jones please stand up?

    The previous trio of Indy movies stand out in my mind as some of the best adventure movies of all time. They combined great story, action, and humor. Throw in excellent (albeit sometimes tongue-in-cheek) performances and a soaring musical score. But as he did with the Star Wars series, George Lucas just had to go back for another dunk in the money trough and he went to the well once too often. This movie isn't bad ... it's better than the usual Hollywood fare. Spielberg does his best to keep the action moving along at a good pace and Ford, LaBouf and Blanchett put in campy performances that only a few times make you think they are winking at the audience saying ... "yeah, I know .. I can't believe I just said that ... but hey, what are you going to do?" The problem is that the story is fairly lame and derivative. The dialogue is stunted and awkward. It simply doesn't hold up in comparison to the previous 3 movies and that makes you regret it all the more.

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    Posted October 1, 2010

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    Okay, but didn't like the plot

    This was an okay movie. Okay if you don't have anything else to do. Liked the effects, but the plot and story was slow and hard to keep interested in.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Shadow

    It is a movie that spectators from all over the world are longing for. It is hard to find another one who can do better scientific/action/adventure movies than Locas and Spielberg. A major element for the success of the Indiana Jones Trilogy is to bring surprise to spectators. Apart from logical point of view: Dr. Jones is able to survive from a nuclear bomb by simply staying inside a fridge, unfortunately this movie brings no surprise to the spectators. The story just looks like a shadow of &#8216 ET&#8217 and &#8216 The Close Encounters of The Third Kind&#8217 . I am not sure whether the director is trying to remind the spectators for his achievements in the past. The movie has already left a tail for the return of the ark hopefully Dr. Jones is not going to deal with Jurassic dinosaurs in the fifth installment.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not the best Indy.

    Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed every moment of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull when I saw it in the theaters. Only in retrospect did I realize that it was pretty forgettable. I'd place it alongside Temple of Doom in the Indy Quadrilogy. It's fun, but it's no Last Crusade or Raiders of the Lost Ark. There are a few scenes that require just a bit too much suspension of disbelief, mostly because they *don't* involve magic or the supernatural. The power of God melting Nazis I can handle. Shia LaBeouf swinging like a monkey from vines for five solid minutes I can't. And don't get me started on the lead-lined refrigerator debacle. On the plus side, most of the actors turn in a good performances. Ford looks very comfortable back in the fedora, Karen Allen doesn't seem to have aged a day, and Cate Blanchett is wonderfully icy as the Russian psychic Agent Spalko. Strangely enough, I didn't mind the end of the film at all. No spoilers here, but the Indy films giving way from Pulp Adventure to the Sci-Fi of the 50's feels like a good way to end the series. So please, Mr. Lucas, Mr. Speilberg...let it end.

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