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Sunday, June 8, 2008

Review: INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL




I won't spend too many words on this review, but basically, if you liked the first three Indiana Jones movies, there is no reason for you not to enjoy this one. There has been the clamour that this film is cheesey and unbelivable, but when one thinks about it 1) its been 20 years since a Indiana Jones movie has been made and 2) in Raiders of the Lost Ark, G-D came out at the end and killed all the villians. What is beleivable about that one? Also, if that was a spoiler of Raiders of the Lost Ark for you, I don't care. The movie was made in 1984 and if you haven't seen it yet, you woulden't be seeing it anyway. Thats like me spoiling Citzen Kane. People have either seen it and know, or they just don't care.

Anyway... Harrison Ford is good as always, and Shia Le'bouf is showing that he has some high callibur acting chops, and he certainly will star in many more films in the not too distant future. Ray Winstone shows the world he is not as in shape as his animated body in Beowulf, and Karen Allen makes a nice reprise to the screen as Marion Ravenwood, Indy's lover in Raiders of the Lost Ark. Cate Blanchett makes an obnoxious, but acceptable villian, and the plot is just as fun as they were back in the old trilogy.

The action is fantastic with just as many crazy nuiances that Speilberg and Lucas could think up, with one invloving monkeys being the only thing I didn't care for in the film. The direction by Spielberg is fantastic, with amazing cinematography, and the choice to shoot film rather than digital was a good one because it helps the film fit the canon of looks and style perfectly. A nice touch is the use of Silhouette, which is used frequently by Spielberg to heighten the drama and magic of the scenes and the film overall.

It can officially be declared that Lucas and Speilberg still have thier magic... but maybe it is time for them to think of new franchises, because thier old golden boys are getting a bit tiring. Sure, it can have Harrison Ford, but its gotta be something we haven't already seen a trilogy (or two trilogies)of and numerous ripoffs by lesser quality filmmakers.
3 stars

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