Thursday, May 22, 2008

New Indiana Jones Movie

Caution - Spoiler Alert!

I went and saw the new Indy movie Tuesday night. Actually 12:01 Wednesday morning. I am a huge Indy fan and at one point in my life I wanted to be the female version of him. I was really looking forward to this film and - I felt a little let down.

As an action film it was pretty good. I would probably rate it an 8. As a story it was OK. The writing was not up to par compared to the other films. I won't go as far as saying it was worse than the Temple of Doom. I rank it third in the series of four films. My all time favorite is The Last Crusade followed closely by Raiders.

First off, the fact that Karen Allen reprised her role as Marion Ravenwood was to me a dead giveaway that Shia LaBeouf was her son with Indy. That was cool. The way Indy found out was kind of comical in a way. I thought Karen was going to be great. When she is first introduced in the film she is as feisty as ever but soon it becomes clear she doesn't have all of her marbles in one bag. At one point in the film she practically drives off a cliff an she's acting more like it's a Sunday drive in the country. A cameo would have been fine for the reprisal of her role - seriously.

Indy survives a nuclear test in New Mexico by hiding in a lead lined refrigerator that "miraculously" survives the blast that several square miles of buildings don't. The acting in the beginning is somewhat disjointed and stiff. Eventually Harry does get in to stride as Indy.

The most amazing and truly horrific thing to me is the fact that the writers and producers think it's a good idea to combine an ancient South American "city of gold" with Extraterrestrial life. I do realize the crystal skulls in the film are probably related to these crystal skulls. At least they didn't deviate from the lore of the original crystal skulls. My hubby says it should have been named Indiana Jones and the Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

All in all, I didn't hate it. I think it just missed the mark. It was good enough to be number one at the box office. They could redeem themselves by making a fabulous fifth film. :0)


Clean ClutterFree Simple said...

Hmmmm...I placed it second of the four, after Raiders (which I saw three times back-to-back way back when:-).

It was ... good. Not great, but truly better than I was expecting. With Lucas involved in the story, I didn't have high hopes.

L@SpillingBuckets said...

Yea, I felt the same way - disappointed. There were some scenes that were just too over the top (monkeys?) and why aliens? There were so many cool things they could have done and picked aliens? Oh well, still glad I saw it and hoping for a good 5th movie.

I felt Shia was miscast though and I can't see him as the next Indy...

paisley penguin said...

I didn't mind Shia but I too cannot see him as a replacement for Indy.