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Posted on 5/27/08 04:55 PM
I have been waiting for this movie for over 6 years when they announced plans for it. I Even waited in line to see this midnight show over 5 hours. I was first. I was excited for this film. One thing that worried me though, was two words: George Lucas. A script for the movie had to be approved by all 3 Spielberg, Ford, and Lucas. Right there, I figured there was going to be problems. Also, I had heard that Lucas turned down a script that Spielberg liked and Ford loved. I came to the conclusion, if the movie's good, credit goes to Spielberg and Ford, if it's bad, I'll blame Lucas. How was it?
This is the first Indy film in 20 years. (OK 19). Indy is old, and it shows. It's not bad, but I liked how they addressed his age throughout the movie. Of course, Ford is Indy. There could be no other Indy. Marion Ravenwood is back and played by her original actress Karen Allen. New comers are Mack, Indy's war buddy played by Ray Winstone, Shia LaBleouf as Mutt Williams, and Cate Blanchett as the leader of the KGB group. The acting was fairly well done by everyone. Shia is actually somewhat likable in this film, and does end up providing some comic relief. Mac, again played by Ray Winstone, has a slight change of heart in the beginning and is actually going after his own interests. Karen Allen returns as Marion, but I feel her role could have been a bit better. She did what she could with it, but I felt something was missing from the original movie. Cate Blanchett's Irina Spalko is an interesting new villain, and does a good job with it. Even though the actors all did well, The chemistry just seems lacking.
The story is Indy and Mac were kidnapped and taken to an Army warehouse to find an artifact that Indy helped find 10 years ago so that the KGB can steal it for their own goal. While we don't figure out until later, it's a Crystal Skull taken from a lost Kingdom made from solid gold, and whoever returns it gains control of the power the kingdom posses. So, the KGB want it so they can get the power. Pretty simple. Overall, I thought the story was all right, but the artifact itself, just didn't have the appeal as the last three did. The Arc of the Covenant, The Holy Grail, even the stones from Temple of Doom, all seemed a bit more authentic than this skull made entirely of crystal, that seemed to have some sort of magnetic field. Later on, you find that this story is definitely Lucas written. I haven't really liked anything Lucas has done in a great while, so this kind of got to me. And the end fell really short to my expectations.
The action was good. There was quite a it of action in this movie. Spielberg seems to always do a pretty good job with the action in his movies. While I liked most of it, some part just got a little over the top. While I don't mind over the top, this is Indiana Jones, not Shoot 'em Up. Some things were just a little too ridiculous for me, and some of the CGI was just terrible. With Lucas most likely in charge of that, I guess it's somewhat expected. (No, I don't like Lucas). Ford is actually good in the action, and does act his age. His tired body shows in the movie, and it does work. Shia gets in on the action as well, and he is decent. There was one scene though that just made me laugh for the wrong reason, it was quite absurd, and the SFX on it were pretty bad.
There were several things that they pulled from the original movies. The concept and format stay pretty true to the original for the most part, but there are quite a few departures from the original Indy feel.. Ford still is Indy. I really would have liked Connery to come out of retirement for this movie, but they do pay tribute to him. Several times and it does sometimes provide comic relief in it's irony, and like Indy says, "somewhere dad's up there laughing." Also, they address Indy's fear of snakes again, and that was a good laugh.
Overall, I did enjoy myself watching this, but I had such high expectations, and not quite as high doubts (they were still there), I left the theatre both pleased, and feeling something was missing. I did enjoy this movie, but I can't quite figure out what kept me from thinking it was amazing. While it was a great return for Indy, I feel that it was just a little disappointing. Perhaps I was a little too hyped, but I did worry about the quality of it. I'd say this would be a Full Price movie, but if you have your doubts about how your expectations will be met, you might want to hit a Matinee. I did have a great time, but I still wish it had more.