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Nearly 20 years after riding his last Crusade, Harrison Ford makes a welcome return as archaeologist/relic hunter Indiana Jones in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, an action-packed fourth installment that's, in a nutshell, less memorable than the first three but great nostalgia for fans of the series. Producer George Lucas and screenwriter David Koepp (War of the Worlds) set the film during the cold war, as the Soviets--replacing Nazis as Indy's villains of choice and led by a sword-wielding Cate Blanchett with black bob and sunglasses--are in pursuit of a crystal skull, which has mystical powers related to a city of gold. After escaping from them in a spectacular opening action sequence, Indy is coerced to head to Peru at the behest of a young greaser (Shia LaBeouf) whose friend--and Indy's colleague--Professor Oxley (John Hurt) has been captured for his knowledge of the skull's whereabouts. Whatever secrets the skull holds are tertiary; its reveal is the weakest part of the movie, as the CGI effects that inevitably accompany it feel jarring next to the boulder-rolling world of Indy audiences knew and loved. There's plenty of comedy, delightful stunts--ants play a deadly role here--and the return of Raiders love interest Karen Allen as Marion Ravenwood, once shrill but now softened, giving her ex-love bemused glances and eye-rolls as he huffs his way to save the day. Which brings us to Ford: bullwhip still in hand, he's a little creakier, a lot grayer, but still twice the action hero of anyone in film today. With all the anticipation and hype leading up to the film's release, perhaps no reunion is sweeter than that of Ford with the role that fits him as snugly as that fedora hat. --Ellen A. Kim
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Studio: Paramount Home Video Release Date: 10/14/2008 Run time: 122 minutes Rating: Pg13
- a fun adventure movie.
indiana jones and the kingdom of the crystal skull is a real fun adventure movie.i know a lot of people for some reason cry and complain about the movie but i still dont get it.to those people the ones who cry about nuke the fridge go text message and pick out the next movie you want to hype up then complain about as soon as you go see it along with what ever else you whiny children do to waste your time.let us indiana jones fans enjoy are fun action movies.the first part of the movie is better thatn the 2nd half but as i said earler it is a fun action movie for the whole family.harrison ford as indiana jones is awesome as usual,it was nice to see karen allen back as marion and shia labeouf was great as mutt williams.it was also nice the mention of henry jones sr. and marcus brody in the film.the bonus disc was good but i would have liked to have seen more but it was a great movie with a good bonus disc so if you enjoy adventure movies i highly recomend this film.also the book adaptation is better than the movie and i highly recomend it and it is now available in papebak and has some back story on indys and macs world war 2 adventures....more info
- TOTALLY Absurd
The biggest problem with this movie was that it tried to combine Alien culture with Indiana Jones, did not show us how Mutt Williams really changed by the end of the film (the kid did not seem in the least more interested about school/history), the woman in the story was written deliberately to be a dimwit, the scene in the quicksand and domestic fight between Indy and Marion in the truck was crazy, and the Atom Bomb survival scene was written by a three-year old. Plus we are now supposed to believe that ants can eat people. It's not even a good Saturday Morning Cartoon. The original Indiana Jones movies were B-movies dressed up as A movies, and this is a B-movie dressed up as a D movie. Pitiful end to a high-caliber adventure series. Why didn't Spielberg get Kasdan to write the script--HE was the brains behind Raiders and Empire Strikes Back. Kasdan knows how to write a script. ...more info
- I tried so hard to like this...
Well, the movie settles it. George Lucas: NEVER bring back Han Solo! Ruining one childhood hero is enough....more info
- 2.5 Stars - I was wrong
Originally I gave this film a positive review, but after seeing it again recently I have to withdraw that praise: this film has major story problems.
First off, the story is told in the clumsiest manner possible. I actually don't mind the aliens storyline, but it seems like Spielberg totally forget the techniques he used to such great effect on Jaws and Close Encounters and many of his most succesful films. In those movies he had a fantastic monster/visual to reveal, and he built suspense accordingly by *not* showing it to you until the end of the film. Here, we see the aliens in the first ten minutes. Where is the suspense, or sense of mystery and anticipation? What are we supposed to look forward to in this film? It is never clear until the end, and even then it doesn't make a lot of sense. Of course the 50's sci-fi B movies didn't make a lot of sense either, but Indy should be imitating the spirit of those films, not their actual ineptitude.
I would have liked to have seen a structure where you have some teaser shots of the mothership early on, or the aliens, or perhaps the skull and a brief teaser scene of it's powers in action (I'm still not clear on exactly what the skull does or means) and then gradually weave the ship/aliens/skull in over the course of the story - or at least attempt a story structure that played up a sense of mystery and danger, like Independence Day, or the X-Files, or any other competent big-budget aliens-related film. Which, if they'd really gone over the top with it and made a flat-out exploitation film here, might have been kind of fun, or at least would have been an approach more in keeping with the B-movie aspects of the films that supposedly inspired this one. Instead, we get a story approach that involves corny Hardy Boys type interactions and pointless, cartoonish graveyard stumbling which you've seen a thousand times before. It kind of makes sense for the target family audience, and the actors are likeable enough to make the material feel less boring and shopworn than it actually is, but to mature audiences in search of thrills and chills it is pretty tame stuff.
I think it is also pretty clear from the press and the interviews leading up to Indy 4's release that Spielberg didn't want this film to be made: in essence he was coerced. He is professional enough not to say who or how, but if you saw the interviews he did he was practically drawing a diagram: I thought the Last Crusade was it, I designed a closing shot to signal that, Harrison got the ball rolling, I was against the aliens idea, etc. I think it is obvious that he was voted down by Lucas and Ford - who recorgnized the opportunity for a big payday while no one was looking. Also, it is sad but true that during times of war, economic uncertainty, political change, or general distress, Americans have demonstrated that their solace-of-choice is the movies. If you have a franchise like Indiana Jones - one that is loved and appreciated as almost any franchise in film - you know that, under these types of conditions, you don't necessarily have to have a great movie up your sleeve in order to get people into the theaters. And the proof is in the pudding: Indy 4 was the third highest grossing film of 08 - behind The Dark Knight and Iron Man - doing roughly 320 million domestic (worldwide it was an unmitigated bonanza). And, without naming names, there are few people who understand timing and market forces like George Lucas.
I'm not saying that this movie isn't worth a look - there is too much talent involved for it to be an outright disaster, and Cate Blanchett is quite good (and quite nice to look at) in her role as the Soviet villian. But one should keep the above elements in mind before deciding to make the purchase....more info
This movie took everything that made the other films great and threw them out the window. There is a reason this movie was named Worst Movie of the Year by film critics.
It is to the Raiders Legacy what jar Jar and Episode I is to Star Wars. Painful to watch....more info
- A fun return of a cinema icon...
Despite the fact that there are many, many moments in the movie that will have you saying, "Yeah, right", "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" is still a fun movie.
The action is great and sometimes comical. The story is solid. And the cinematography is top notch.
True fans of the franchise will enjoy the story, the time period, and the adventure. The finish is a bit of a suprise, but still works.
In truth, it might not be the best in the series, but it sill holds up for fun, action, and adventure....more info
- The Torch has been Passed
We all have enjoyed these Indiana Jones movies. They have always entertained and seem to capture a little bit of our cultural hero worship for the good guy fighting the evil forces pretty well. This time around it's an intrigue with the meaning of the Crystal Skulls being the mystery to unravel. This movie is a nice exit for Indy as he has this one last adventure. It's been a good franchise for all concerned and we all happily live his adventures vicariously. This one is pretty good and gives this classy guy a nice sendoff while setting up what may be the new Indy in Shia Lebouef. ...more info
- Should have stopped at three
Don't waste your time with this fourth installment. This movie is a huge disappointment. The CG is terrible, the script by Lucas is a hack job. Nobody looks like they want to me in the movie. They really mailed this one in. Stick to watching the first three of the series. Worst movie of 2008. ...more info
The shipping was rather slow and when it arrived, it was only packaged in a thin manilla envelope. I'm giving the shipper the benefit of the doubt and assuming that the case was intact when they shipped it but the postal service must have crushed it in processing. It would have probably been OK in a bubble wrap envelope. Although the case is chipped and damaged, the DVD itself was fine. I'm sorry I can't be more positive but thought it was best to be honest and let you know what happened to my shipment. Maybe in the future, you could ship in bubble wrap or padded envelopes. Just a suggestion. Thanks for listening!...more info
- Are they serious?
Remember Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark? The WWII Nazis are now McCarthy era Soviets, and the Ark of the Covenant is now an alien skull. No other changes, except . . .
Harrison Ford has aged, and forgotten how to act. The witty one liners are now tired. This is like a B-Movie with a gold-plated budget.
Stink city....more info
- pretty dang good if you ask me
"Fans are clinging, complaining dip***** who will never ever be grateful for any concession you make. The moment you shut out their shrilled tremulous voices the happier you'll be for it."
-A saying from Yahtzee the video game reviewer (who I think actually hated this movie too)
This is true for the unfortunate who actually think that this movie is so terrible that it should have never been made. These same fans were the ones who hated the prequel star wars trilogy.
I'll admit that when I first saw this movie in theaters I had the same feeling of dissatisfaction that I felt when I watched the star wars prequels, which I thought had horrible acting. However I never hated any of these movies but was grateful that the same people who made the originals were willing to put out the hard work to make more of what I liked.
Although, I recently watched the entire star wars saga with my girlfriend (who hasn't seen any of them) and found that I enjoyed watching the prequel trilogy a lot more than I did the first time around. When watching these films together for the first time, I was extremely shocked to find that the original trilogy had just as horrible acting as the prequel trilogy did, which is something I couldn't notice as a kid. My girlfriend actually liked the prequel trilogy the most (which still drives me crazy).
When I watched Indy 4 for the second time along with the first three in the series, it was a similar feeling. I realized that Indy 4 is just as ridiculous, unrealistic, and fun as the first 3 in the series. It really isn't that much different. The story is the same, in that Indy tries to find an ancient artifact before its power falls in the hands of evil-doers. The only disappointment is that it seems as though Lucas has been adding more and more cartoony elements in his films over time. While they existed in his previous films (R2D2, C3P0) its gotten worse (Jar Jar Binks, the stupid prairie dog in the beginning of this movie, and the dumb vine swinging scene). This film has a lot of those elements but it doesn't ruin the movie. The best part about this movie is how good Harrison Ford still is and I was surprised to see that.
Yeah yeah they probably could have made this film better but whoopty-freakin-do. Just take it for what it is and enjoy it. When I watched it the second time, I realized that it I changed more than the indy or star wars films have. I think that its the same for everyone. If you hate this film as much as the people who rate it one star then that just means that you are missing out on the fun and its your loss. I would give this four stars, but I'm giving it five to try and cancel out the ridiculously low ratings that this film doesn't deserve....more info
- Like getting kicked in the stomach.
I have only thought of walking out of a movie a few times, and this was one of them. I felt like I was kicked in a very sensitive area with a very large boot ala Simpson's style. South Park's Trey and Parker had it dead on when they aired their response to Indy 4. There were so many things wrong with this movie, and I feel as if it makes Temple of Doom look oscar worthy....more info
- A superb Sequel
With a Series of films so iconic as the INDIANA JONES series, it would have been too easy to have made this into a colossal turkey. But thanfully, with the original stars, Ray Winstone and some superb additions to the cast, this has turned out very well.The FX augment the story ( as you can see in the extras in Disc 2). I wound up buying two copies of the Double disc edition, one from BEST BUY which has the Crystal skull mounted on a model form in a gift box, and of course I have not opened it... yeah I know, very geeky. But I got the second copy from Amazon and
THE DVD: Pretty well perfect, except that disc one has no commentary. Disc two has some promo for the absurd game "Lego Indiana Jones". There is a lot of Detail in the extras , and it shows the way the film was made, brilliant material....more info
- Great ending to the Indian Jones Movies
Bought this movie to complete my Indiana Jones trilogy. I loved all the movies and enjoyed this one as well. Great ending to a great movie epics....more info
- A complete letdown
I love the original Indiana Jones movies even though they go against the grain of my profession. As an archaeologist I cringe every time I see Indy or someone else in the movie destroy an artifact or remove an artifact without recording its context. Indiana Jones is nothing more than a grave robber purporting to be an archaeologist. With that being understood, every archaeologist I know denounces Indy's practices but secretly wants to be as cool as he and with a certain amount of suspension of belief, or disbelief, really enjoys the original Indy movies. With that being said, the "fourth" installment is truly horrible. The special effects were terrible, the story line was so implausible that even people outside the realm of reality, not to mention archaeology, were wondering what the writers were on when they penned this, and the whole premise of the movie was nothing more than a bridge between the originals and a new series with a new Indy. This movie basically killed all that was good in Indiana Jones forever....more info
- Watch the South Park episode "The China Probrem"
All anyone ever needs to do to know what this movie is like, watch the episode of South Park called "The China Probrem" (episode number 175).
To sum it up. "He was raped!"
Poor Indiana Jones. We will never be able to look at him the same!...more info
- Where else could we have gone?
I have been a life-long fan of the Indiana Jones films (I first saw "Raiders" when I was ten).
I really don't understand all the negative reviews heaped upon this flick. So many people balked at the "aliens" factor, but they seem to forget that the Indy movies (as well as the novels) always dealt with the occult and/or supernatural. Where else could the Indy saga go? How could the creators take it one step further? Well, how about the mystery of the so-called Roswell incident?
I thought the aliens mystery was the next logical step for Indy to try and tackle. Why not? When you consider the "ancient astronauts" theories that have been circulating for the past 40 years or so and how these theories tie in with archeology around the world, I found the latest Indy premise to make sense and found it interesting and exciting.
Another bone of contention seems to be the now-infamous "nuke the fridge" scene. Why do so many people have a problem with this? No one seemed to scream and holler when, in "Temple of Doom" during the mine car chase scene, the car that Indy and company were racing around in managed to jump a 100 foot gap in the track and still land safely and accurately on the other side just because they "ducked"?
That's what Indiana Jones films have always been about; escaping the inescapable. The original 3 films all had certain scenes that were kind of hard to swallow, but so what? It's an action/adventure film! You've got to suspend disbelief for the sake of a good story!
I found "Kingdom" to be everything that an Indy film should be; a great leading man, plenty of action, a healthy dose of comedy, exciting chases, great fight scenes and a terrific mystery to unravel. What else do you look for in an Indiana Jones film? "Kingdom" delivers all of that.
It's not my favorite Indy movie (that distinction is awarded to "Last Crusade" with "Raiders" only a hair's length behind it), but it IS an Indiana Jones film! My wife and I both thoroughly enjoyed it and were glad to own it on DVD. I loved being able to share it with my kids who, since "Kingdom"'s release, have shown a tremendous interest in the original 3 films as well (which we have all watched an enjoyed together).
I especially loved the scene where the Russians' car crashes into the statue of Marcus Brody in the courtyard of Marshall College and the statue's head breaks off only to crash right into a Ruskie's stomach effectively removing him from the chase. What a wonderful, nostalgic touch and a wonderful homage to the late Denholm Elliot.
Relax and enjoy this movie. It's not meant to be anything more than it's predecessor films; high adventure escapism!
"It's not the years, honey. It's the mileage." ...more info
- INDY IS BACK!!!! AND JUST AS GOOD
THIS MOVIE IS GREAT! I WILL ADMIT THAT-THE SPOILER-SPOILER ALIENS WERE KIDA A LITTLE OUT OF INDY`S RANGE BUT I ENJOYED IT. WATCH YOU WILL LOVE IT!!!! ITS INDYRIFIC....more info
- Indy's Back
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (Two-Disc Special Edition) declares to the world that Indiana Jones is back and in good form. While one may be put off by the reviews that claimed that Indy had gone science fiction, the science fiction content of this new film is minimal and the movie, as a whole, is an action-adventure tale not unlike the previous three movies. The desire of the filmmakers to replicate the look and feel of the new film even compelled them to record in the action on analog film. The extra DVD is full of production diaries and other documentaries on the film making process....more info
- Don't take it too seriously and just enjoy it
Raiders and Last Crusade it isn't, but Crystal Skull is at least better than the gross-me-out-Aztec-style bloodfest that is Temple of Doom, and if you don't get your hopes up too high or take it too seriously, it's fine Indiana Jones fodder. This movie has grown on me since I saw it in the theater. Yes, it could have and should have been better, but I enjoyed the humorous nods to the previous movies, I wanted closure between Indy and Marion, it was kind of interesting to find out what Jones has been doing in the intervening years, Shia is cute, and if you watch this movie with the mindset of a kid seeing Indiana Jones for the first time, it is a satisfying experience.
It's definitely a little more Sci-Fi than the previous ones, but the Indiana Jones movies are classified as Sci Fi, and if you know anything about 1950s genre movies (and the movie is set in the 1950's), wacky alternative historical theories (like astronauts in Mayan glyphs), you remember the Cold War, Atom Bomb fears, and McCarthyism, (and you enjoy sight gags with furry little animals), then alot of the action and plot-line makes sense and is just plain fun.
By the way, my children actually preferred the audio-book to the movie, as the book tells the story better than the movie does....more info
- Makes Parrots Squawk
Okay, so this is really only a 3.5 star movie, but still... In any case, it's twice the movie "Temple of Doom" was, but nobody seems to notice. Or maybe they don't want to admit that they just don't know how to enjoy mindless fun anymore. I mean, after all, you got great action sequences, fantastic sets, good acting, great directing, music, on and on. So it's got some sappy unrealistic romance in it - somehow everybody who expected our ears not to retreat into our skulls when we heard the fingernail-chalkboard dialog of "Juno" because "movies aren't real life" is now shouting to the film gods that somebody got mainstream pablum in their intellectual action flick. And of course, magic boxes, cups, and stones are fine and fun but work in aliens??? OMG - it's the R word. Just because the whole flying saucer motif fits perfectly with the time period and the time period fits perfectly with the actors' ages is no reason not to decry it. But wait - there was some unrealistic refrigerator thing. Seriously? You think that sitting through 2+ hours of Kate Capshaw screaming and hamming it up makes for a better movie than one humorous sight gag? I'll take the fridge any day over the not-quite-Bond boat chase of "Last Crusade". I mean, if only he'd jumped out of a plane in an inflatable raft - THAT I could believe. But aliens and refrigerators?
The truth is people wanted to hate this movie before they even saw it. Their memories of the previous 2 Indy movies were unrealistically tinged with an undeserving glow. They hate Lucas for not making the Star Wars movies they wanted. So they couldn't wait to take a juicy bite out of this flick before switching theaters to whatever Ebert told them was good that week then rushing off to dinner parties where they could squawk, "Oh we saw the new Raiders movie and it was sooooo baaaad, but then we saw Sad Indians Get Rich and it was sooooo gooood!" Squawk squawk squawk.
What would have made the movie good is if Indy had become embittered and crusty and instead of Shia they had had Jennifer Lopez as his daughter who wanted to box but he didn't train girls (and they could use that very line "I don't train girls") but then he becomes all less crusty and bitter thanks to her determination and wins like some championship or some stuff while giving away her baby so she can rock like 1977 Punk Volume One before watching Suspiria and debating its greatness with her friend who is actually only an illusion caused by her debilitating psychosis but just when she realizes the truth her homophobic gun crazy wife beating neighbor shoots her in the head which doesn't prevent her giving some sort of lofty monologue that really Makes You Think (TM). But no refrigerators or aliens....more info
- Terrible Movie
I have never had the desire to actually leave the theater while watching a movie until this one. Horrible acting, plot and special effects. Very disappointing....more info
- not impressed
Well, I guess this is the last of the Indiana Jones that I will watch. In the past the locations were real and so was the action. Oh well, so much for computer generated movies,need I say more?...more info
- Indiana Jones meets The X-FIles
One thing that the had missing from the Indiana Jones trilogy was science fiction. Well now we have an X-Files version of Indiana... for what it is worth.
Let's be fair - it is a little better than Temple of Doom - however, it is a far cry from "Raiders" or "Crusade". The first half of the movie was reminiscent of the Raiders of the Lost Ark and had my expectations high... however at that point it takes a right turn and turns into a 1950's B movie that focuses on aliens. Most surprising is that this was exactly what Lucas and Spielberg were aiming for. According to the interviews that is included in the extras Spielberg states they wanted to redo Indiana and stylize it into the 1950's era. Not a bad idea, but it did not work for me.
My biggest complaint - Shia Labeouf was terribly miscast and (in my opinion) nearly ruined the movie. Let's hope that if another Indiana Jones is made that he is left on the sideline.
Final Verdict -
Not bad - however, most Indiana Jones fans will range from mildly satisfied to devastated. For me - I am glad that I watched it - but when I am looking to kill a little a time by watching a Indy movie... I will grab "Raiders" or "Crusade" and leave
The Crystal Skull" on the shelf.
3 Stars...more info
pretty good after all this time... give it a chance... not as bad as all the reviews.
thumbs up!...more info
I was honestly really looking forward to this movie, and don't mind the prequel trilogy of Star Wars and thought that it was looked a little too harshly upon. So I went into this with open arms, and within the first 10 minutes I could tell this wouldn't be anywhere near the quality of the other Indiana Jones movies.
To give you some background, my personal favorite was The Last Crusade. My least favorite was the Temple of Doom, and it still is. So if you are ok with this movie better better than Temple, but not as good as the other two, then go for it.
Otherwise, there are some major logic jumps that you have to just take and some wooden acting done my Shia Lebof as well as his mother (forgot her real name).
This series they should have just left alone!...more info
- Indy 4: A great and entertaining film troubled by nothing more than un-meetable expectations.
Let me first say that "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull "is not a perfect film. It's not the genre defining film "Raiders of the Lost Ark" was back in 1981. But, simply put... it doesn't have to be. I've rarely seen a more fun and exciting film that has been criticized for such petty things. It's been called by some an over-the-top and impossible film. You know what...They're absolutely right! And that's exactly what makes it so great to watch. For 27 years, the Indiana Jones series has always been pushing the limits of what an adventure movie can be. So, if you're someone who's not a fan of cliffhanging adventure with highly improbable set-pieces and doses of the supernatural, then this film is not for you. But if being highly entertained for two hours by watching everyone's favorite archeologist get himself in and out of every mess conceivable, sounds like fun, then this film is right up your alley. There's little need to recap the plot. We have Indy and co. chasing and protecting the mystical Crystal Skull of Akator while dodging numerous bad guys along the way. Set pieces abound throughout in classic Indy fashion all framed by the one and only Steven Spielberg who, despite reports to the contrary, deeply cares about this film, and as much as anyone wanted to make it work. And work it does. There's terrific chases through warehouses, college campuses and dense Amazonian jungles. All set to a rousing score by the master, John Williams. And in the end, it's Harrison Ford, who even at 65, manages to get around better than most 30 year olds.
Also, please keep in mind, that the film is set in the 1950s, and Lucas specifically wanted the film to reflect the sci-fi flavor of the era, so things do get a bit more fantastical than in previous films. But it's nice to know that after all these years, everyone involved still wants to go for broke. And I love that. So if you can set aside years of expectations and simply watch the film as it was intended, then I know you'll have a great time. And in the end that's all this film was ever created to do.
Unfortunately, it does seem true that more and more audience members today want realism, grittiness and logic and cannot seem to just let that go and simply have fun. Kind of a shame.
Just my opinion of course....more info
- Great Movie
This is a Great Movie and I would recommend this if you are into Indiana Jones movies....more info
- What a waste of time and money
Like just about everyone else on planet earth, I loved the first three Indiana Jones movies. So, like just about everyone else on the planet, I was seriously jazzed for the new one. MY LORD, IT SUCKED. Ford is walking through his scenes, there's no thrill, no adrenaline, lame CG, unbelievable nuclear blast scenes, unbelievable scenes where multiple Russians are spraying full auto fire at our heroes and no one's ever hit, etc etc. It's just not exciting--period. Unforgiveable...Spielberg, you signed off on this? People, be warned--it's BAD. And it's a damn shame....more info
- aliens!??.....come on.
This movie was entertaining for me. I couldn't see it as an Indiana Jones movie though. The writing was lame and very predictable and the whole "aliens answer all questions" thing just didn't work for me. I remember a time when movies (not just Indiana Jones) were well written. Now it seems that if the writers get stumped they just throw aliens at you. I think its very upsetting when you are expecting an explanation that you couldn't see coming from a mile away. I wouldn't be surprised if the writers of the T.V. show lost gets stumped and throws aliens in as a cop out....more info
- A worthy entry to the franchise
Is Crystal Skull better than Raiders? Never. Is it an entertaining Indiana Jones movie? Definitely.
It wasn't perfect (why did I only choose four stars instead of five? Shia), but all the other movies have elements to them that I don't love (the entire of Temple of Doom being a prime example). Otherwise, this installment is my second favorite of all the Indy movies.
And, I can't believe that no one else has mentioned how hot Igor Jijikine is. Dovchenko was a great henchman. ;D...more info
- Great Fun!!!
Lots to enjoy here in a big, big movie. You get Indy, interdimensional beings, the 50's, and more in this action adventure multi genre thrill ride. Ford was great as the older Jones, and gave a lot to enrich the character in often subtle ways. The rest of the cast was great as well and the crew did a top notch job putting the film together.
The 2 disc blu ray version has tons of special features and delivers an awesome hi def experience. Cant wait to see the first 3 on blu ray.
Some people didnt like the fact that there were "aliens" in a Indiana Jones movie, but those are the people who tend to make fetish out of the same movies almost the same way people make fetish out of religious iconography. They want pretty much the same old movie run thru a copy machine and sprinkled with pixie dust or something. Ya cant please everyone, but some people cant make up there own minds and need to told what to like. So beware the anti Lucas/Speilberg naysayers club and their blind zombie followers. End of rant...
If you liked previous Indy movies check this one out. At the very least rent it.
- It Works, or doesn't Work, depending on your expectations
How would you follow a movie such as Raiders of the Lost Ark? Its huge success seemed to suggest people loved the escape from humdrum lives, routines, etc, evidenced by embracing a movie in which you had to suspend disbelief a mere few moments into the story; a movie which abandoned itself to cartoonery before the first thirty minutes was up...you would indeed be faced with a dilemma: if we introduce the same swashbuckling stunts, the new movie will be slammed as replete with banal recreations of the original; yet if we exercise restraint with the death-defying scenes, another demographic will bemoan the fact that all the elements of Indiana Jones are painfully missing from the new outing! Crystal Skull did a pretty good job of revisiting what made the first movie so memorable, while saddled with baggage Raiders didn't have: In 1981, nobody had made a movie with such unbelievable feats, bombastic music and incredibly fast pacing. I remember just a couple of moments in Raiders where you had the chance to catch your breath! We have all long since become accustomed to fast-paced, violent movies, to the extent that attempting to resurrect the "magic" of the first movie ( PLUS the fact that, for a lot of us, Raiders has had 28 years to 'mellow' like fine wine ) is a daunting, if not impossible task. There was nothing more unbelievable in Crystal Skull than in Raiders of the Lost Ark...Crystal just had the unenviable position of attempting to at least recreate, if not surpass, the allure and swashbuckling flair of the original. A swordfight conducted between two people standing on a couple of vehicles sauntering through the jungle at 50 mph is no more ridiculous that a guy, having been shot in the arm and thrown through the windshield of a truck, dragging himself underneath it at 50 mph...folks, this is all Stupid Stuff, but it's also Fun Stuff. Don't take it too seriously, and be grateful that Harrison Ford actually had the grit to do another one!...more info
I liked the three"Indiana Jones" that came first. They were all good. I didn't like the last in the series. I bought it only because my husband wanted it. Harrison Ford cannot act, so he needs a better vehicle to look good in. I'm sure that most people will disagree with me.
- WHY NO ZERO STARS??... This "movie" (???) deserves it !!!!!!
As a Peruvian, I have felt deeply insulted by Steven Spielberg. I admire him as a great moviemaker, but this film sinks irremediably in the ocean of the Great Mediocrity. If he ever visited my country, at least he should have made the script previosuly reviewed, by somebody who had visited Peru!!!!
George Lucas, David Koepp and Jeff Nathanson were also the great collaborators for making this movie, one of the greatests BLUNDERS of Cinema history... Where did they get the foolish ideas for the script and the locations? From those old Carl Banks' 'Disney Ducks' comic collection???... From Belgian cartoonist Herge', the great maker of 'The Adventures of Tintin'???... I cannot imagine how these supposedly "greatly reputated" film makers (Spielberg & Lucas) got associated on making a disastrous film like this!!!
Imagine... A typical town of Peru, Nasca (where the magnificent Lines of Nasca are drawn in the middle of desertic soil), located pretty close to Cusco??? Hey you, there are some hundred miles from one place to the other!!!! And... Mexican music played in a Peruvian town market???...
C'mon messrs. Spielberg and Lucas!!! Don't you ever keep thinking that we Peruvians and Mexicans, are the same thing!!!
Spend your valuable money in any other of the great items sold by Amazon, not on purchasing this movie! IT SUCKS!!!! ...more info