28 May 2008

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Spanks – 3.5

Director – Steven Spielberg

Writers – David Koepp (Screenplay), George Lucas (Story)

Starring – Harrison Ford, Cate Blanchett, Karen Allen, Shia LaBeouf, John Hurt, and Ray Winstone

Release Date – May 22, 2008

MPAA Rating - PG-13

I would have given Indiana Jones a higher rating if it wasn't for the ending. Don't worry I won't give it away. If you take the ending away, the movie could have been at least a 4, but because George Lucas is a freakin idiot it scores less. If anybody knows Mr. Lucas tell him to stop making films because he has ruined everything that he made that was awesome between 1977 and 1989 (the new Star Wars Trilogy anybody).

If you take away the last 5 minutes it an Indiana Jones adventure movie like the last 3. I thought the Nazis were better bad guys then the Soviets, but they were not around in 1957 so it would be hard to write them into this one...not that that would matter in this movie (see the ending). The movie starts with Indiana Jones getting kidnapped by Irina Spalko (Kate Blanchett) and the Soviets to break into a US Army base to find an artifact that would help with Spalko's research in mind control. The search for the Crystal Skull begins. John Hurts plays a great charachter who is crazy, Shia LaBeouf plays his character pretty much the same way as Sam Wickwicki in Transformers and Kale in Disturbia, and Karen Allen returns as Marion Ravenwood from Raiders of the Lost Ark.

I am really glad they kept everything real and didn't George Lucas it with computer generated everything. The computer generated images were for the most part used to fill the background and to enhance the scene and not the entire scene except for Obiwan Kenobi. The scene with the ants was obviously computer generated because the best animal wrangler in the world couldn't teach killer ants, but the Tarzan homage scene was absolutely rediculus.

It might seem that I didn't like the movie because of my complains about some parts, but it is really entertaining film from start til the last 5 minutes. If you enjoyed Raiders, Temple of Doom, and Last Crusade you will enjoy Crystal Skull.

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