Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

After nineteen years Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull brings the return of the world’s most famous archeologist. A crate load of expectations can build up during nineteen years.

Harrison Ford reprises his role as the eponymous adventurer. For the most part he looked like the same character, albeit with a lot more gray in his hair. Cate Blanchett brings an icy beauty to the role of the antagonist. Shia LaBeouf, whom I find to be a remarkable actor, has an unfortunately small role, one that feels like it is just preparing the audience for the sequel. Steven Spielberg and Janusz Kaminski successfully capture the look of the original film. David Koepp gets the credit for the script, which maintained the spirit of the first three films, but it seems like every writer in Hollywood has taken a tilt at it one time or other.
Other critics have complained about the implausibility of both the plot and the stunts. I had no problems with either as they seem in keeping with the pulps to which it pays homage. Rather, for me the pacing problems loomed larger: it felt like the film could have been thirty minutes shorter. The movie felt just a little off. I can think of no specific problem per se other than it seemed a little out of sync. Given the two decades of expectations, it feels more disappointing than it ought.

While almost free of profanity, it contained several scenes that may startle if not frighten kids in the primary grades and younger. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull earns its place in the tetralogy but fails to recapture the greatness of the original movie.


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