Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)

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Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)
  • Time: 122 min
  • Genre: Action | Adventure
  • Director: Steven Spielberg
  • Cast: Harrison Ford, Cate Blanchett, Shia LaBeouf

Storyline:

During the Cold War, Soviet agents watch Professor Henry Jones when a young man brings him a coded message from an aged, demented colleague, Harold Oxley. Led by the brilliant Irina Spalko, the Soviets tail Jones and the young man, Mutt, to Peru. With Oxley’s code, they find a legendary skull made of a single piece of quartz. If Jones can deliver the skull to its rightful place, all may be well; but if Irina takes it to its origin, she’ll gain powers that could endanger the West. Aging professor and young buck join forces with a woman from Jones’s past to face the dangers of the jungle, Russia, and the supernatural.

One review

  • I’ve never heard of a sequel that has been so hated and this is about a movie that is just as good as the rest in the series! I’ve heard people complain about the Gophers, Monkies, Fridge, and Alien, but the gophers and monkies are only there for a few seconds! What is there to complain about if they’re just there for a few seconds? The fridge was a little far fetched but there has been more far fetched things than that in the series. Example? When the tank goes over the cliff in Last Crusade, it does not tell you how Indy survives while in Crystal Skull you can see him figuring out a way to save himself from the nuclear blast. Of course everyone seems to forget that it is just a movie. Spielberg was inspired by the James Bond book series by Ian Fleming, where the main character always escaped near death situations, that is what it’s about. Simple as that. And the Alien? Was it that much of a surprise. No, it wasn’t. It was in the title “Kingdom of the Crystal Skull”, did nobody else know that the Crystal Skulls are believed to be alien? There was loads of documentaries on television preparing for this films release. Was I the only one who watched them? The only problem with the alien was that it was computer generated. It’s design was a homage to the B-movies of the 1950’s and it makes sense because the film takes place in the 1950’s.

    Everyone also seems to think that Aliens do not belong in an Indiana Jones movie. That is going overboard, the Indiana Jones film series is about Fantasy and Science Fiction. Did everyone forget about the ghosts, voodoo dolls, beating hearts being ripped out through use of magic, and a seemingly immotral knight from the twelfth century? But no one will accept aliens? People say that the movies focus on a religious artifact, but this movie was. To the natives, the Alien was a God, and Indy and his friends were returning the skull of the God. It’s that simple.

    Everyone seems to forget what the film series is about: tributes to Adventure serials and B-Movies.

    Another point that must be mentioned is that Indy is still Indy, only older. And besides, Marion is brought back, after disappointing leading ladies such as Willie and Ilsa, Marion is brought back and we finally get to see the two tie the knot. However if had watched The Young Idiane Jones Chronicles it showed Indy having a daughter and grandchildren just making you wonder who he eventually married and this movie showing Indy and Marion get married was that big of a surprise even after it was revealed who Mutt’s true father was, however it was not that much of a surprise since the character was made-up to resemble both Indy and Marion. Besides that, Mutt is a likable character and is fun to watch interact with his father, which caused Indy to become a more responsible character and to remind the audience that Indy is older and wiser.

    And now we have new the new characters such as our villain, Spalko. She speaks in an over the top accent that pays tribute to the B-Movie villains making her an enjoyable villain. She is also very capable and an expert swordswoman making her all the more threatening as she attempts to get the Crystal Skull.

    The action scenes are fantastic which is what made the movies so incredible. They once again pay homage to Adventure Serials and we get to see the Ark of the Covenant in one of them. Also you can tell that they include all of the characters and that the stakes are high as well as having one tribute to the Tarzan films of the 30’s and 50’s.

    To conclude this review, I must say and I know you will agree with me, that this movie is a great return to the big screen for the greatest Adventurer of all.

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