This movie was so absolutely ridiculous. The only thing worse than the
plot for this movie was Cate Blanchett's horribly fake Russian accent.
I don't know how Spielberg and Lucas could have thought this storyline
was any good. This is supposed to be Indiana Jones, not E.T. They have
clearly lost touch with their former abilities to make good movies. I
will admit that Harrison Ford did a very good job as an old decrepit
Indiana Jones, but that was the only redeeming quality of this film.
Trust me, for this film, that is not enough to make it any good. The
action sequences were absolutely unrealistic. While the action
sequences in previous Indiana Jones movies were unbelievable and
unrealistic, these were over the top. To make matters worse, far too
much CGI was used. Lucas has once again trashed what had been a quality
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i love the movie went with my friends and family and we all loved it. we really want to see it again .
This film is bitterly dissapointing, should have stopped at the third.
has to be the WORST indian jones....lame storyline...aliens, cmonn.
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Indiana Jones and the Comedy of Errors
Visually, with Henry Jones Junior (he is rarely called "Indiana" or
"Indy" in this film) swimming in his baggy grandpa pants and shocks of
grey-white hair peeking out under an ever-crisp, rarely-dirty brown
fedora, you really don't get the feeling that you're watching anything
historic--but a few of the old John Williams refrains drive something
primal bubbling to the surface of those of us who grew up idolizing
The reason that the music is the first thing to be examined here, is
that it's one of very few things that evoked that sort of reaction in
The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. A movie fraught with missteps and an
obvious misunderstanding of its own audience, it's exactly the type of
summer blockbuster developed to make money at all costs: things blow
up; there's aliens and Nazis--well, not Nazis so much as Russians with
grey shirts and jackboots; an unnecessary youthful sidekick (to bring
in the teenagers, you see); and a little something extra borrowed from
Bryan Singer's abominable Superman Returns. To ascertain that you know
it's a Spielberg picture, the Russians are never subtitled (see also:
every Arab in Munich or about 90% of all Germans in any film except
Schindler's List); this way, the "evil" characters can be thoroughly
and literally dehumanized.
The film oozes 1950s--Russian spies, nuclear testing, a screening of
Howdy Doody and Dr. Jones on a sort of academic blacklist all take
place in the first ten-or-so minutes of the picture (as doessad to say
the high point of the film for mea cameo appearance by Neil Flynn, a
friend of Ford's from The Fugitive who is best known for his portrayal
of The Janitor on ABC sitcom Scrubs). The filmmakers have discussed at
length how, while the earlier Jones films were an attempt to capture
the magic of '30s and '40s adventure films with a contemporary feel,
The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull will be a '50s-style action romp with
some science-fiction sensibility thrown in for good measure (a
questionable choice to start, as many of those films eventually ended
up as Mystery Science Theater 3000 fodder). In an attempt to capture
that feel, you have some campy dialogue, some stock characters and Shia
LaBoeuf as Arthur Fonzerelli. There's a fairly generic soda fountain
brawl, initiated by LaBoeuf and set to the tune of Shake, Rattle &
Roll, which solidly plants this film in its era. This is an interesting
artistic choice because in the previous Indy films, even with their
date stamps, the adventures that took place were largely relatively
The other aspect of the film that is bound to turn some heads--it
already has, both in pre-screenings and on the Internet as eagle-eyed
fans dissected the trailers--is the role that extra-terrestrials play
in the picture. As in Spielberg's classic Close Encounters of the Third
Kind, there is no dialogue, as such, shared between man and his
visitors...but their presence is strong and pervasive, particularly in
the second half of the film. Using Roswell as a jumping-off point, it
is revealed that the good Dr. Jones has been used as a government agent
in a variety of capacities since we last caught up with him--he is a
Colonel in the Army, apparently, and also has worked with the CIA, MI6
and as a spy against the Russians in the time since Hitler autographed
his father's diary for him in the early '40s.
The adventure sequences in the picture are hit-or-miss; while some of
the car chases and fight sequences are good, and a lot of the side
jokes are on the mark, there are times (Marion is injured while
driving, but mysteriously gets better) that it's hard to follow
visually what's going on as they try to pack too many characters and
subplots into a fast-moving sequence. Many of Harrison Ford's comic
moments are on-target, but other diversionssuch a CGI-rendered prairie
dogs and LaBoeuf's own private army of monkeysbring to mind some of
the more artistically-questionable moments of Return of the Jedi and
detract from the seriousness of consequences faced by our protagonists.
Dr. Jones also doesn't get very much solo screen time. Henry himself
has also become a little more cautious in his old age, while everyone
around him seems to have become more like Indiana Jones. Mutt and
Marion are decisive and powerful figures, while Indy often finds
himself sitting on the back of a motorcycle or behind them in the car,
shouting, "No, don't do that! It's dangerous!" As action heroes go,
Indy has been turned into a great family man. In case a CIA agent of
dubious allegiances, a kidnapped ex-girlfriend and her tagalong son
weren't baggage enough, Indy spends most of the film carting around an
octogenarian in a semi-catatonic state, who may be the "key" to finding
the Lost City of Gold in the same way that his father was key to the
recovery of the Holy Grail.
Ultimately, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is a
film that, while not entirely bad, is nowhere near worthy of its lofty
pedigree. As generic action films go, it may have provided some level
of entertainment in the vein of National Treasure....It's the
attachment of "Indiana Jones" to the title and the involvement of
Harrison Ford, George Lucas and Steven Spielberg that raised
expectations and standards to a level that none of those
individualseach a shadow of his former selfcan meet any longer. It
will doubtlessly open at #1 and secure the kind of critical and
financial success that guarantee it a sequel if all involved want to
make onethe question, really, is whether or not they should..