Thursday, May 22, 2008

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

Still processing...

Didn't love it, didn't hate it. Twas a fun, serviceable summer blockbuster but lacking the charm of Ark. When Karen Allen finally appears after an hour or so it feels right again but the plot is unwieldy and really only serves to backdrop the action scenes. (Jungle chase = cool).

Ford settles into the roll much better than Willis did last year - he's not really changed which is good. LaBeouf is eh... early on but when his plot line really kicks in he shines as well. Hurt, Winstone & Broadbent are criminally underused and Blanchett is just so-so (where is the leather outfits that were promised?)

Oh, and Spielberg finally nails an ending – more than that the beginning shot is hilarious as the Paramount logo (vintage 1981) literally fades into a mole hill. Giving an initial wink to just have fun and go with it. I’ll recommend the same.

B-

1 comment:

Data said...

Spielberg dropped the ball big time by failing to bring back Short Round for this flick.

What's with Hollywood's latest trend of making a new sequel for every single movie from the 1980s?

Coming to theaters in 2009: Over the Top 2 - This time he doesn't need to turn his hat around!