Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

So the much anticipated Indiana Jones finale has arrived. If you had any doubts, erase them. This movie lived up to everything people were expecting from it, and more. If you come away not liking it, something is surely wrong with you.

This particular adventure spends a lot more time in the US than previous ones have. It added a whole new flavor to things to see some of the chases making their way down main street instead of some dusty old hole in Europe. I don't think it's giving too much away to let out that instead of the Nazis, Indy is being hounded by the KGB. There was no hard timeline set but I'd guess based on the overtones that it's the very late 40s or the very early 50s around the time of the whole Red Scare. Suffice it to say the Russians are out looking for the usual powerful artifact for their own evil purposes, and they expect Indy to help them.

Things of course turn tense as the action leaves the US and heads for South America. Indy hooks up with some old friends, and some new. One of whom has been driven mad by the Crystal Skull. Much time is spent dodging Russians, raging rivers, man eating ants (ICK!), dry quicksand, cliffs that fall off into nowhere, and of course snakes. Why does it always have to be snakes? :) There's plenty of puzzle solving, riddle cracking, and of course translating ancient languages. What archaeologist wouldn't get excited over it all?

I have to commend the advertisers this time around. All of the trailers, TV clips, internet ads, and other preview spots I saw gave no hint about what was really going on. For once nobody spoiled any of it. They gave you just enough action teasers to let you know what's coming but left all the cool details quiet. Some of you may not like what comes up during the plot, thinking it may all be just a bit much, but trust me. Lucas pulls it off nicely. I don't think any of it was too over the top.

So head for your local theater and have a blast. This one is money well spent.

There were a couple of previews that looked good, but as usual by the time you leave the movie, eat lunch, get home, relax for awhile, then log on to post your review, you've forgotten what they all are :)

Next up: The Happening, June 13th. M. Night Shyamalan, need I say more?
"It is pointless to resist, my son." -- Darth Vader
"Resistance is futile." -- The Borg
"Mother's coming for me in the dragon ships. I don't like these itchy clothes, but I have to wear them or it frightens the fish." -- Thurindil

Well. I guess that's that then.

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Posted on May 22, 2008 10:58 pm by Samson in: | 2 comment(s) [Closed]
This is most of what I'd been reading about the new Indy movie elsewhere too, can't wait to see it. :)

Sarah and I just saw this. It was pretty great, and did what it set out to do (be in the 50s B-movie style) very well.

Of note:

- Movie is set in 1957, seen in the subtitle at the beginning.

- The college scenes were, of course, all shot in and around Yale, on streets that both of us know pretty well. That was pretty cool for me. Sarah, being an actual Yalie, was pretty much levitating from glee. Also the chase scenes were pretty well done. That one, and all of them.

- The snake thing was great. Also every other random reference, of which I got most.

Good times. Good times.

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