Indiana Jones: The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

The death of an adventurer

9 August 2017

Warning: Spoilers

Steven Spielberg is back as director, with a George Lucas story and a John Williams score. Harrison Ford reprises his role as Indiana Jones, Karen Allen is back as Marion Ravenwood, other stars to feature include John Hurt, Cate Blanchett, Shia LeBouf and Ray Winstone. The big question though, is why? 😥

It’s the era of the cold war, the Russian’s replace the Nazi’s as the main threat. When a young man brings Indiana a coded message from Harold Oxley he sets forth on an epic adventure to rescue him and uncover the truth about the crystal skull, an ancient myth and treasure.

Indiana Jones fans have been waiting almost 20 years for this film and unfortunately most fans were extremely let down by it. Not much has changed for Indiana which was sorely needed as film goers have grown and become more intelligent. The story is extremely far fetched and the delivery at times is wet and almost camp. It’s almost like this is a tongue in cheek parody of the Indiana Jones films which came before it. It feels like this was a retirement pay check for a lot of the senior crew and cast, and a last ditch attempt for younger turns to make a name for themselves. Maybe I’m too old, maybe this film is aimed at a really young and juvenile audience rather than somebody who grew up watching these films. Perhaps the intention was to spawn a video game from this because with the blocks of action that there is, I’m sure it could easily be translated into different levels of a platform adventure game. This, for me, and evidently a lot of others, is the worst Indiana Jones film to date. Where as with the other films, if I got a chance to watch them I’d jump at it, with this one I’d happily keep walking and not bother. Too much CGI and green screen, far fetched action (casing point being that stupid Tarzan scene – you!).

I honestly could keep rolling with the negatives but I feel I should force myself to stop writing and just say that the previous films are much better and I’d happily forget that this was made. For God’s sake please don’t let there be a spin off with Shia LeBouf as the new Henry Jones the 3rd because that’s what it felt like this was building up for, just let the dead rest because this seems to have practically killed off the franchise. I’m giving it a 5 out of 10, is this was the only Indiana Jones film it would be harmless to watch, but knowing what has come before I just couldn’t buy into and enjoy this. Good luck!

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (5/10)


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