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Jul
08

Movie Review: Indiana Jones Still Wins the Day

Although it’s been probably about two months since I saw the movie, I still haven’t written a review of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. (WARNING! EXTREME SPOILERS AHEAD!) The movie begins with Indy and his sidekick, Mac, after being captured by Russians, being taken to a warehouse in the middle of Nevada. The Russians want Indy (Now Colonel Indy, after having served in World War II) to help them find the mummified remains of some object that Indy helped to study ten years ago. Truns out to be an alien. The opening to this movie is excellent, especially with the cameo of the Ark of the Covenant, the MacGuffin of Raiders of the Lost Ark. Indy ends up finding his son, Mutt Williams (played by Shia LaBeouf, a potential legend of an actor) and he is reunited with old love interest Marion Ravenwood, the mother of Mutt. Now, before I go on, I must say that Crystal Skull is not better than Temple of Doom or Raiders of the Lost Ark (perfect movies, in my book) but it surpasses The Last Crusade. The alien theme was appropriate in this movie for the 1957 setting, which was an era of great public interest in extra-terrestrial visitations. The 50s were the decade of science fiction, with some of the most notable movies ever made having come out of that era (20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Creature from the Black Lagoon, Invasion of the Body Snatchers) and the alien itself was well-designed. The movie did, of course, have its cringeworthy moments, but the ant scene is a worthy addition to the creature features of the previous three films. All in all, I give this movie an 8/10.

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