Indiana Jones returns to the screen in a mostly successful film and another solid addition to the franchise. Spielberg, Ford, and Lucas all collaborated and agreed on a film that they all wanted to make and the end product successfully evolves our hero with a little bit more ware and tear and a few more years added on but maintains that same awe and wonder of the character who ultimately is out to discover, adventure, and do good.
We open with Indy under capture by a group of Russians infiltrating Area 51 in the
I won’t spoil any further plot details here, but the film moves along from this moment, until the big car chase scene in the jungle, at a fantastic pace and fantastic storytelling that is on par with the best of stuff in the series. We are introduced to Mutt, a greaser with a love for history and his “family,” that needs
Where the film takes it slight mis-steps comes in the action set pieces leading up to the finale of the film. I will go ahead and say this now, the CGI monkey scene is terrible, absolutely the low point of the series, just awful. It’s almost distracting at how bizarre and jarring it is to the viewer. If you can move past that though, the chase is fairly solid, if a bit long, and is full of some clever posturing and choreography among the varying vehicles that comes into play; the sword fight bit doesn’t quite work for me all the way though. Following this is a scene with some merciless red ants, and again the scene is pretty cool at a concept, just maybe drug out a bit to long. Once we get into the final hunt though the film straightens back up a bit and gets a lot less silly and we are left with a fast paced trek to the final destination of the story.
The acting in the film is solid across the board. Harrison is
The film is working great for close to 90% of the time and the bits that bog it down never really hurt it fatally; yes even the CGI monkeys. The other major gripe you will hear about the film is the way the CGI blends with the live action material. All of the stunt work and action is shot practically and the background plates added in and while I don’t think it was supposed to look photo realistic, it just doesn’t quite blend sometimes, though I think this could have been do to the digital projection of the film I saw, it might have been too clean.
Anyways, I have rambled enough. Is it good? Yes. Is it really good? I think so. Is it great, not quite sure? I think this film will get better on subsequent viewings and right now is on par with Temple of Doom as lesser of the series, but that really isn’t a bad thing for the caliber these movies are performing. Minus a few silly moments, Crystal Skull is a solid, fast paced, and extremely entertaining film that I will think will age well through time.