Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Last night (Wednesday) I went to see Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, with Sasha and her family. While the original movies weren't a huge influence in my childhood, I was excited to see this having recently watched 2 of the the original 3. I was not disappointed!
SPOILER ALERT: While I won't go particularly deep into the story, I will refer to some scenes which may or may not take away some of the enjoyment. Bookmark this post, go see the movie, then come back and read this post. It will still be here when you get back!
This movie is good fun, just like an Indiana Jones movie should be. Plenty of continuous, comical action which is highly entertaining, despite being quite ridiculous and off-the-wall. Surviving a nuke by hiding in a fridge, to emerge dazed but still able to stand and watch the billowing mushroom cloud has to be one of the most ridiculous scenes I have ever seen, but at the same time it was visually stunning and hilariously entertaining.
The movie does have a few flaws, such as the disposable FBI agents and Mayan natives who all get shot not long after they are introduced. Despite this, there is so much packed into the movie that you don't really notice these minor things until the drive home (as I did).
A number of people I have spoken to were not happy with the whole "Alien" concept, but I thought it worked quite well. There wasn't really much emphasis on the alien theme apart from the crystal skeletons, large heads and final launch of a UFO. Most of the time is spent with swords, guns, crawling through ruins and running from large ants, I didn't even remember that they were aliens until I saw them at the finale in Akator. Yes, the story isn't award winning or particularly artistic, but it was enough to carry this fun-filled adventure.
Overall, IJatKotCS is very entertaining, fun and quite comical with awesome special effects and audio. Harrison Ford brings Indy to life once again, with just as much charm as the previous movies. If you just want a fun movie and don't particularly care about a deep story, I recommend it.
If you haven't seen it yet then, apart from being a fool for ignoring the spoiler warning, go to the cinema and see it. If you have, let me know what you thought in the comments!