Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008) Movie Review

After 19 years, the man in the fedora finally makes his long-overdue return to the big screen in Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull and the question that’s on everyone’s mind is: “Is this movie worth the price of admission?”

Well, let’s put it this way: my fiancée purchased the tickets and I still wanted to get my money back.

George Lucas and Steven Spielberg are two examples whose talent goes against the old “gets better with age” theory: Indy 4 is a predictable, boring, and all-together uninspired (even John Williams music sounds rather insipid) waste of two hours.

In staying true to form, Spielberg has pulled no punches in the overuse of shadows (not to mention the proverbial shots of people looking at things in awe) while Lucas has once again created another CGI-laden wreck.

Apart from a few nice visuals (and only a few), the only really nice touch here is a brief bit with “Scrubs” regular Neil Flynn as an FBI agent (the second time Ford and Flynn have appeared onscreen together).

Several really big things that irked me include:

The action is unbelievable. Yes, the action for all of the Indiana Jones films has been unbelievable, but this time it’s really unbelievable (which, in all fairness, is saying something).

Bad CGI.

The acting is either stilted or hammy, no in-between.

Cutesy cutaway shots of critters.

Dialogue that would make even a K. Gordon Murray import sound lucid.

Bad, bad CGI.

The memory of the late Denholm Elliot is spat upon.

John Hurt isn’t given enough to do.

Bad, bad, bad CGI.

Incidentally, George “I traded my talent in for cold-hard cash” Lucas has hinted that more adventures with Indy 4 co-star Shia LaBeouf (which I think means “She-man of the Beef” in French, but I could be mistaken) will probably follow, so my advice is don’t pay to see this movie: it’ll only encourage him to make more.

Luigi Bastardo

Read another review of the film here.

Steven Spielberg (director) / David Koepp, George Lucas, Jeff Nathanson (screenplay)
CAST: Harrison Ford … Indiana Jones
Cate Blanchett … Irina Spalko
Karen Allen … Marion Ravenwood
Shia LaBeouf … Mutt Williams
Ray Winstone … ‘Mac’ George McHale
John Hurt … Professor Oxley
Jim Broadbent … Dean Charles Stanforth

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