Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Nickel Tour: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)

Here's the nickel tour:


I tried not to get my hopes up for this one, but reading some of the headlines can't help but slip few a spoiler or two or a hint as to the buzz and mood of the crowd.

Meh.

Most of the adventure movies in the last two or three decades owe something to Indiana Jones. The fourth movie in the canon felt like it tried to reach for the bar that the first three had set; other movies since (The first National Treasure and The Mummy to name two) have surpassed it. The actual bits of the movie that felt like an Indiana Jones Movie were too far between. Too many of the set pieces were simply set pieces for no good reason and a total disregard for continuity. Several times, this one tired to pay homage to the previous films, but it felt more like a washed-up ex-beauty queen parading around with old trophies, trying to convince the viewer that it still had relevance: Compare the use of the Ark as well as CGI in movies three and four.

I give it a "See the other ones instead."

2 comments:

goulo said...

"The fourth movie in the canon felt like it tried to reach for the bar that the first three had set"...?

I would say the second and third movies definitely failed to reach the bar that the first movie set... I've never bothered to watch them again since they came out, and I recall thinking they were pretty lame. The first one is a true classic.

SquishArt said...

totally flippin' agree!