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This movie was one of the biggest disappointments in film history. After nineteen years of waiting, the Indiana Jones series returns with an extremely poor showing. Sure, the Indy movies have always pushed the limits of believability, but this time Spielberg and Lucas just went insane. This time, Indy survives aliens and a nuclear bomb. Lame. Ford, whose career has been on a down slide for a long time, turns in a very nice performance, but his refusal to die his hair for the movie creates an ancient looking Jones and makes the movie even more unrealistic. The movie even makes Jones indestructible to almost everything. I thought Shia LaBeouf was very good and a nice addition to the series, though his character was not written all that well. Cate Blanchett, one of today's best actresses, was wasted in this film and her character is terribly pointless and boring. Spielberg and Lucas continue to be two of the most overrated figures in Hollywood and this film provided more ammo for critics. The action in this film was extraordinary, but it feels like Spielberg depends on that more than actual plot or well written dialogue in this series. Overall, the film had enjoyable action and an interesting setting, but a poorly written script from Lucas ruined any potential the film had.
This is a very good film. Though honestly, it doesn't deserve 4.5 stars. But it has so much charm. The action sequences, although incredibly illogical and ridiculous, are exciting and humorous. I've always been interested in archeology and desert settings in film, so my opinion may also be swayed by those factors. The main (American) characters are fun and lovable, especially the tough Marion Ravenwood. And some of the effects are remarkable. But this film is far from perfect. The main problem: the shallow and unsophisticated minor characters and villains. The characters in the film are extremely black and white- people are either good or bad. The "bad guys" are not written very well and seem more like cartoon characters at certain points. Another problem with the film is the acting. Harrison Ford is a film icon- for his manly bravado and his ability to charm women. But he is only an above-average actor. He is good at playing Indy, but his best scenes were as Dr. Jones, the teacher. Another big problem is the pacing. At an hour and fifty-five minutes, it is the average length for an action film. But the events transpire so quickly, and more of an emphasis is placed on action rather than character development. Finally, it should be noted how Spielberg, a Jewish man, portrays the Nazi characters. Spielberg makes the Nazis very dumb and revels in killing them in hideous fashion. While the Nazis did terrible acts in real life, I do not think they were idiotic and as cold as Spielberg makes them. Many of the S.S. simply followed orders to save their own lives and Hitler was not as revered within his own ranks as he would have liked. With all that said, this is still a very enjoyable picture and a great way to just have fun.
In a so far weak year of films, Sarah Marshall is the best to date. Judd Apatow has struck gold once again. Jason Segel is hilarious as Peter, the man trying to get over his ex and woo his new love. The two female leads, Mila Kunis and Kristen Bell, were both great. The secondary characters in this film were hilarious- Peter's step-brother, Kunu, Aldous Snow, Darald,etc. This movie was insanely funny, and extremely dirty. The only negative with this film is that way too much cock is shown...
Wow... this movie completely surprised me. The last three Rockys were stale and mediocre to horrible. This is the best since the first (and at times better). The acting is great, especially by the smaller characters. But it is these smaller characters, such as Robert and Marie, that propel this older Rocky. The cinematography is just amazing and a pleasure to watch. Bill Conti provides subtle changes and mixes to his legendary Rocky score, but even after thirty years, it never feels stale. The story was well written, as well. This film contains perhaps the most realistic fighting scenes of the series. Rocky Balboa is the perfect way to say goodbye to one of the legendary characters in cinema history.
Great film. Very atmospheric and complex. It's a very silent film, often containing long stretches with no spoken words. But the amazing film score tells so much of the story, and serves as the method for character development. Day-Lewis is extraordinary, and Paul Dano turns in a fine performance. Astounding.