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Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008) – I would suggest that we let this series die now. Of course, I realize that no film producer worth his salt would let a successful franchise die, especially when you’ve got Shia “The Beef” lined up to fill in for your desiccated celebrity. Here’s a compromise: make one more movie, but in it, Harrison Ford must be the one who crumbles away to dust.

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    1. MacCrocodile Post author

      It was, but there’s too much risk that this horse will die long before they stop beating it. It’s time to let it go. End on a high note. Leave ’em wanting more. Lead a horse to water and so forth.

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      1. jonsonite

        It’s possible that they’ll keep on being awesome forever, though. We can’t not make awesome movies because we’re worried they might not be awesome in the future.

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        1. MacCrocodile Post author

          We can stop because we know they’ll stop being awesome. This one wasn’t awesome–I really should have explicitly stated that to begin with–it was just pretty good.

          Even assuming the premise that it’s still awesome, a premise I may some day accept, it will not stay that way forever. It just won’t. Things will change, the cast and creative team will change. George Lucas’s name is on the credits, and everyone agrees he’s not the same filmmaker he once was. Spielberg is at best hit-and-miss.

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          1. keleighbel

            ryan i completely agree. it was enjoyable but not AWESOME (IRONMAN was AWESOME!!!!). and it would definitely be a BIG mistake if they continue on with the franchise-esp with Shia (he was good comic relief for this movie but is CERTAINLY no Indiana). i desperately hope that harrison snatching the hat away from Shia at the end was symbolic and meant that only harrison can be Indiana (Henry) Jones.

  1. MacCrocodile Post author

    They felt out of place, yes.

    The dialogue, such as it was, felt really clunky, constantly reminding us what Indy’s real name is. Names, names, names at every turn. And OMG! Name-related surprises!

    Anyway, I don’t want to get too far into spoilers. I’d hate to ruin this movie and rob it of whatever entertainment value it still has.

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  2. MacCrocodile Post author

    Well, yes. I feel bad for scrutinizing the movie. I caught myself before I blurted out loud in the theater, “Really? Monkeys now?” Still… just because it’s high-action adventure doesn’t mean they’re allowed to completely phone it in on the writing.

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