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Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull July 1, 2008

Posted by batduck in Movies.


Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skulls

Stephen Spielberg,  Director

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Three and a half stars.
(of a possible four)










 Web Site Description:

The newest Indiana Jones adventure begins in the desert Southwest in 1957 – the height of the Cold War.  Indy and his sidekick Mac (Ray Winstone) have barely escaped a close scrape with nefarious Soviet agents on a remote airfield.

Now, Professor Jones has returned home to Marshall College – only to find things have gone from bad to worse.  His close friend and dean of the college (Jim Broadbent) explains that Indy’s recent activities have made him the object of suspicion, and that the government has put pressure on the university to fire him.  On his way out of town, Indiana meets rebellious young Mutt (Shia LaBeouf), who carries both a grudge and a proposition for the adventurous archaeologist:  If he’ll help Mutt on a mission with deeply personal stakes, Indy could very well make one of the most spectacular archaeological finds in history – the Crystal Skull of Akator, a legendary object of fascination, superstition and fear.

But as Indy and Mutt set out for the most remote corners of Peru – a land of ancient tombs, forgotten explorers and a rumored city of gold – they quickly realize they are not alone in their search.  The Soviet agents are also hot on the trail of the Crystal Skull.  Chief among them is icy cold, devastatingly beautiful Irina Spalko (Cate Blanchett), whose elite military unit is scouring the globe for the eerie Crystal Skull, which they believe can help the Soviets dominate the world…if they can unlock its secrets.

Indy and Mutt must find a way to evade the ruthless Soviets, follow an impenetrable trail of mystery, grapple with enemies and friends of questionable motives, and, above all, stop the powerful Crystal skull from falling into the deadliest of hands.

From Batduck:

When I saw the previews and posters for the latest Indiana Jones installment I began to call it Geriatric Jones because, let’s face it, Harrison Ford is no spring chicken.  I had convinced myself that his age would be distracting.  Indy isn’t an old man!!  Middle aged, maybe, but old? Never!

I had received lukewarm reviews from both “professional” film critics and friends alike.  I was actually close to not watching the movie at all considering all these things, but I’d be damned if I missed seeing an Indiana Jones movie!

I’m sure glad I didn’t listen to all the nay-sayers.  This was a true Indiana Jones movie through and through.  Yes, he’s an older Indy, but that’s worked into the story.  In fact it’s an integral part of the story since it no longer deals with the Nazi menace as a younger Indy would have faced, but instead deals with the Soviet “menace” that was prevalent during the Cold War.  The world had certainly changed but the Indiana Jones sprit was strong throughout the movie.

Indiana Jones Checklist:
A script that is just cheesy enough? – Check
Over the top action with unbelievably narrow escapes?  –  Check
Themes of religion and it’s abuse?  –  Check
Mandatory “I hate snakes” scene?  –  Check
Almost losing the famous Indy Fedora?  –  Check
Romantic interest providing comedic situations?  –  Check

All in all, this was a great Indiana Jones movie worthy of the name and a fun film.  Because of how they worked the timeframe into the story, I forgot about his age 2 minutes into the film and was able to lose myself into the story.



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