Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

In Theatres: 
May 22, 2008
Running Time: 
2 Hours, 4 Minutes

The film that has almost been 20 years in the making has finally reached theaters. Harrison Ford reprises his role as the adventurous Indiana Jones with his trusty whip and signature hat. Can he live up to the anticipation or has too much time passed and maybe it’s time to throw in the towel.

Indiana Jones has returned once more to save the day from the bad guys, the Soviets this time. He teams up with youngster “Mutt” Williams (Shia LaBeouf) to take on the challenge of finding the mysterious crystal skull and discover the source of an ancient power said to rule the world. Traveling across the globe, Indiana and friends run into a variety of characters including the Soviets, Mayans, and even killer ants. The possibilities are endless in this one.

First off, the plot is out of this world…literally. Searching for the ancient crystal skull, said to be that of an alien, is quite an interesting concept for an Indy film. Granted the previous films all dealt with loosely based stories such as the Ark of the Covenant or Holy Grail, but this one seems to top them all. There are the many references to the other films as well including cameos, visuals, and the famous Indy music theme. At its core, it is an up to date Indiana Jones film. Harrison Ford is his usual self as Dr. Jones, showing that age has not got the best of him. The constant action abound is enough to make and Indy fan jump for joy.

On the negative side, there’s Shia LaBeouf. As the wannabe street thug with the slick backed hair and motorcycle, he quite doesn’t pull it off. He is more of the crummy sidekick that no one really cares about rather than a character of his own and is mainly there for comic relief. If he isn’t combing his hair back then he is fiddling with his knife, although if there is ever a spin-off of the film my prediction goes to him as the main character. Also, the whole film may have been too unbelievable. From atomic bombs and refrigerators (you’ll understand when you see it) to swinging in the trees with monkeys, there is simply too much.  Even though there is a small amount of CGI effects, it’s difficult for the film to be convincing. There could have been more whip action as well. There were only a few scenes that featured the signature weapon and they were nothing spectacular.

Naturally, this film is going to do big at the box office whether it’s bad or not, just because of the title it carries. Is it worth seeing? Yes, but don’t expect anything amazing. It has much of the same things that made the originals great and has quite a lot of action as well. Long time Indy fans will get a kick out of it but the general audience may see it as just another average film. Oh, and bonus points go out for Neil Flynn of Scrubs fame for being in the film. Absolutely brilliant.

Matt Rodriguez
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