Movie Review – Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull – Whipsnapping!

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

In 1957, Indiana Jones is thrust back in action, venturing into the jungles of South America in a race against Soviet agents to find the mystical Crystal Skull.

So Indy is finally back with the 4th part and high expectations with the first Indiana Jones movie back in 1981 being one of the best movies ever made (Raiders of the Lost Ark – #16 on IMDB). The Last Crusade was good too, Temple of Doom wasn’t so great but was still enjoyable. All in all a great trio of movies..I was excited about Indy 4 coming out since it was rumoured then announced..

Finally I got the chance to watch it!

All in all it was good, it wasn’t fantastic…it won’t go down in the archives as a classic like Raiders of the Lost Ark but it was pretty decent.

Does Harrison still have it as Indy? Yeah he does! He kicked butt. I have to say the humour of the earlier films wasn’t there in this one. It seemed a little too polished and a little less fantastic.

Our man held his end up tho, old he may be he still rocked and he was still pure Indy!

Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones

Shia LaBeouf was actually pretty decent and far less annoying than I expected him to be, Ray Winstone was far less of a bad-ass than he usually plays.

The rest of the cast were good, not a lot of depth to the characters though and I think the first time I’ve seen Cate Blanchett playing a real baddy.

The action sequences were good although the ending was a bit ‘WTF is this ID4?’

It’s certainly lacking the magic and suspense of the earlier 3 movies..I’d have to say so far this is the worst Indy.

Direction was good of course by Spielberg but mainly I think it’s the script that let it down, should they have made this movie? I guess not…but they did, I hope they don’t make another. Let Indy live as a legend!

All in all I’d give it a worth watching 6/10.




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10 Responses to Movie Review – Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull – Whipsnapping!

  1. KY June 25, 2008 at 3:01 pm #

    there’s an alien there’s an alien!!! 😛

  2. Jason June 25, 2008 at 3:18 pm #

    It was planned that there would be five Indy movies. So, one more to go?

  3. kevin June 25, 2008 at 5:10 pm #

    i seriously hope that the next sequel wont be as disappointing as this was. all in all i’m glad that they stuck back to the originals, not full with CGI and so but the ending……..

  4. Balqiz June 25, 2008 at 5:56 pm #

    I so agree with u… the ending was indeed fuck the what

  5. ShaolinTiger June 25, 2008 at 6:53 pm #

    KY: Yeah wtf, where is Will Smith to zap it?

    Jason: Yah should be one more…*sigh*

    kevin: Yah it was a bit of a shocker, hope they get a decent script writer for the next one.

    Balqiz: X-files style!

  6. B.H. June 25, 2008 at 7:05 pm #

    I’ve seen some bad movies but Indy definitely tops my list of worst movies of the decade. This is of course taking into consideration the Hollywood hype machine which skyrocketed expectations and of course the legitimacy of the franchise (until now). I really saw no justification for this venture besides commerce. Even the “revelation” that Mutt was his son was seen a mile away and not any surprise. And aliens? C’mon, the final scene really made this franchise jump the shark. Sure you’re supposed to suspend disbelief but I thought it was absurd.

    My suggestion: go watch Blade Runner instead. Sci-fi classic that inspired Minority Report and Fifth Element.

  7. Z June 26, 2008 at 10:42 am #

    I think the poster above need to chillax a bit, no offense:P
    I’m not sure what’s the point of comparing Indiana Jones to sci-fi classics when everyone knows that Indiana Jones IS a commercial popcorn flare.

    This was a movie made to print the studios some dough; George Lucas knew it, Spielberg knew it; Uncle Ford knew it; the audience knew it. It’s not an outstanding movie, but it provided me 2 hours of mindless, cheesy fun that is pretty hard to find even in say, mindless, cheesy fun movies nowadays.

    Anyhow, the alien part was pretty LOLZ. And the understatement of the year is “Their treasure is knowledge. Knowledge is their treasure!”. XD

  8. Matthew June 26, 2008 at 12:50 pm #

    I guess we shouldn’t take such movies too seriously and keep our expectations low. I enjoyed particularly the model house in the nuclear testing zone 🙂

  9. B.H. June 26, 2008 at 6:30 pm #

    Z: FYI, the reason I mentioned Blade Runner is because Harrison Ford was in it. You are right, though. The substandard of movies these days really shouldn’t disappoint people anymore considering artistic integrity is almost always compromised.

  10. ShaolinTiger July 1, 2008 at 3:41 pm #

    B.H.: You’ve been lucky then as I’ve seen MANY MANY worse movies than this in the past 8 years. Blade Runner is old news, I have the Criterion special edition (original of course). Minority report…is from a book though (a short by Philip K. Dick). You could say they were inspired by Brazil, that would seem more accurate.

    Z: Each to their own 🙂 It’s good to see people with strong opinions…I miss it.

    Matthew: Yah that was cool, it’s a stupid movie – things like this you can’t over-analyse.

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