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Reviewed in the United States on September 6, 2018
I don't understand some of the criticism directed toward this movie. For instance, some people objected to the idea of Indiana escaping a nuclear blast in a refrigerator. Granted, a refrigerator isn't going to save your hide if you're unfortunate enough to find yourself at ground zero, but this is Indiana Jones. It's fantasy, pure escapism. It's over-the-top adventure with a lot of laughs thrown in. Back in the day, the best rides at Disneyland required an E ticket. Indiana Jones is an E ticket in the world of great movies, not a science lesson or a documentary. They're pure fun and I'm grateful that Mr. Ford, Mr. Spielberg and company gave us one more great ride in this fantastic series of movies.
Reviewed in the United States on December 13, 2018
I just finished watching all of the Indiana Jones movies in a row and this is the best of them. The extraterrestrial aspect elevated this installment to a new level lacking in all of the others, it literally gave me goosebumps. I suspect that those who didn't like this movie lacked imagination, insight and/or vision. I've seen it before in the distant past and I'll watch it again in the distant future. It's a keeper.
The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was the last of the Indiana Jones films. The movie combined the Cold War with 1950s pop culture.
Symbols of the 1950s are throughout the film. In the opening sequence for example a hot rod pulls up alongside an army car and asks for a race. Then when Indiana Jones’ (Harrison Ford) son Mutt (Shia LaBeouf) shows up on a motorcycle wearing a leather jacket and a hat he looks like Marlon Brando from The Wild One.
The Cold War on the other hand is part of the main plot as the Soviets are after a crystal skull that is said to have paranormal powers. There’s also the Red Scare as Jones is suspected of being a Communist by the FBI.
The story contains all the best elements of the franchise. Jones, his son Mutt along with his long lost girlfriend Marion (Karen Allen) from Raiders of the Lost Ark go on an adventure into South America chasing after the skull and a last city in the Amazon. This provides plenty of action and mystery. It’s also good to see Marion back who was by far the best sidekick Jones had as she was feisty and a fighter like him.
Overall it’s a fine addition to the Jones franchise and a fitting end to his saga. C
Spielberg and Harrison Ford decided to have one more go at Indiana Jones. I can understand this. Indiana Jones was an iconic character, and there was IJ's aging, his relationship was Marion, and a new villain, Stalin, to serve as plot points. There was also CGI. Unfortunately, Spielberg and the writers ran out of ideas and essentially recycled many of the old action scenes and plot devices. A few of these can go a long ways, and, when one is recycled twice in the same movie . . . . The 2 most successful IJ movies imo--Lost Ark and Last Crusade--had relationships at their center even if the movies were also great action-adventures. This movie tried to have a relationship(s) at its center, but didn't succeed as well. Itt plays better, however, when you can fast-forward through action scenes (if you don't like them) and focus on the ones that show Ford's charm-humor and IJ's relationships. That's why I give it 3 stars.
As a huge fan of the Indiana Jones series, as with many, was looking forward to the release of yet another Indiana Jones film. It is an Indiana Jones movie no doubt but a bad one. The whole concept of the crystal skulls and what appears to be a connection with alien beings falls flat. The special effects are good and they keep in tradition with the original films. Many films that have a 10 or more year gap from the last produced to the latest typically does not fit with the previous releases. They get too wild with the CGI and it looks unnatural. It can be purchased if you just want to complete the set, it is the least watched film of the series in this home. Since it is confirmed that a new Indy is set to release in 2020 let's hope it goes back to the original greatness of the original trilogy. Some do not like the Temple of Doom. This was still a great film. When it was big for Spielberg and Lucas to go back and and re-edit and destroy their movies they could eliminate some of Kate Capshaw's excessive screaming and whining which became annoying but it was a fun film. The Crystal Skull was the rejoining of Indy and Marion was someone entertaining. The other disaster is certainly the regret of ever putting that disaster known to the world as Shia LaBeouf in this film makes it even harder to stomach.
Reviewed in the United States on December 25, 2018
I'm o.k. with a shift in the "lore" of the franchise. I'm perfectly o.k. with not seeing Nazis depicted, anyway. . . It's gotten to be a used up formula in this series--Indiana gets in jam, dashingly escapes jam, chase scene, insert some plot, repeat, etc. While certainly present in this edition, it's been done quite often. I know, I get it--it's an action movie. It's hard to watch this one and not compare it to the first three. They're classic movies. This one is a bit past its prime is all. Still, it's not a bad movie. One might have to temper their expectations or just forget it and watch it as a stand alone movie. I think young ones would still like it as I loved them growing up. Maybe this isn't for the die hard fans, but if you just want to chill or watch a movie that's fairly family friendly, why not? So what it's not the best of one of the most successful and critically acclaimed series of movies ever in its genre. Boo hoo. No big deal. One more thing I'd like to add--it's fiction!!!!!!!! So were the first three, people. Get over it. He's not a real person. :) I watched it because it was leaving Prime, was curious if it was that terrible, and to have seen all of them. I'm done. Bye bye! Good talk.
4.0 out of 5 starsGood film, shame about LaBouf, drags every-thing down
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 23, 2016
Good film, shame about Shia LaBeouf, not a very good at anything, acting like a Z person while every-one else is an A-lister. Harrison was looking old, but acted this on off the the screen every time, with-out trying.