Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull details
|Formats:||12 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Harrison Ford, Shia LaBeouf, Cate Blanchett, Ray Winstone, Jim Broadbent, Karen Allen, John Hurt|
|Studio:||PARAMOUNT HOME ENTERTAINMENT|
|Original title||Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull|
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Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
|Run time:||1 hour 58 minutes|
|Rental release:||10 Nov 2008|
By Tom Charity from LOVEFiLM
After twenty years, Harrison Ford's adventurer/archaeologist returns to the big screen...
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Welcome back Indy...now please go away again.By Meako (59 reviews) from Sheffield , 21 May 2008
[Highly rated reviewer]The fourth installment in the Indiana Jones series was never going to be able to stand up to expectations or anticipation. After all the original trilogy are much loved treasures, where even the weakest film (Temple of Doom) is immensely rewatchable and exciting. Since this fourth entry was announced there has been plenty of rants and issues bandied around online, from the ditching of Frank Darabont's perfect (according to Spielberg and Ford) script when Lucas decided he didn't like it, to the casting of Shia La Bouf in the role of Mutt, to the chosen title for the film. Everybody has been waiting for the film to arrive, sharpening their knives ready to carve it up and spit out the remains.
The good news is that it isn't as bad as it could have been. The bad news is that it fails to match even Temple Of Doom in tone, feel, excitment, or story. This Indiana Jones film is simply just another summertime event movie, lacking in the magic that made the first three so memorable. Simply put, this is not really an Indiana Jones film.
The problems are many. The story is lacking any bite, being more an excuse to string together a spectacular array of action sequences in the hope of offering cheap thrills. The cast are alright, but nothing to write home about. Cate Blanchett struggles with an accent that slips through all of Eastern Europe, then through Western Europe for good measure. The continuity editor seemed to have taken a vacation at many points through the film, with shirts changing colour, jeeps growing their windscreens back, and people changing positions constantly during chase scenes. Add to all this some lazy directing by Spielberg, who seems to be off his game, and an overuse of CGI throughout. The early part of the film loves to put nodding references to the earlier films, but they begin to feel forced and stale pretty quick.
With regards to the direction, Spielberg just doesn't seem to be bothered with the film. Perhaps after Lucas put the block on the first script and cobbled his own story together, Spielberg simply chose to just accept Lucas' ideas and go with it in fear of never making the film. This may explain why he is in Jurrassic Park 2 mode here, delivering a reasonable thrill-ride, but one which lacks that sparkle.
Rest assured that the film is a far cry better than the sub-Indy throne stealers of recent years, such as National Treasure or The Mummy, but it doesn't come anywhere close to matching the fun and thrills, and indeed heart, of the other three films. Perhaps this is more indictive of the state of the film industry these days, where a film must deliver action sequences every 10 minutes in fear of losing the audience (Raiders, for example, is decidedly sparse on action, focussing a lot more on the adventure).
Whatever the reasons for the film's uninspired result, it is nice to see Indy back again. Now, hopefully, he will go away again and we can let him rest.
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Swashbuckling AdventureBy RickBn (36 reviews) from Edinburgh , 09 Dec 2011It said Indy on the tin and we got Indy in spades. The film easily picked up where the Last Crusade had left off all those years ago. Good performances all round, despite the age of the actors, and as usual a good deal of hunour thrown in. Kudos to Lucas and Speilberg for getting it right again after such a long sabatical.
A disappointment in comparison with it's stable mates.By a customer , 29 Oct 2011Not much to say really on this. I'm a big fan of the original films, but i just didn't find this instalment in the series particularly engaging. Perhaps if it's viewed as a stand alone adventure film it'd seem better?
Not great!By BethJohn (17 reviews) , 19 Oct 2011This was probably the weakest of the 4 Indy movies. Maybe the franchise should have been left at just the 3 films.
Indiana at area 51 - genius!By Sammy1973 (306 reviews) from King's Lynn , 12 Oct 2011Hooray for Indiana Jones!
I loved this film - Indiana and Aliens - how ridiculous is that!!!! Brilliant.
Fabulous actions scenes, man-eating ants, quick-sand, mad russian woman chasing, traitors, Marion AND another Indiana Jones Junior.
A typical Indiana Jones film, thank you for returning Harrison Ford and Karen Allen!
Oh DearBy Frostweasel (3 reviews) , 08 Oct 2011
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideOh dear!
I couldn't believe it when I heard they were making a 4th Indie movie and my inner kid was jumping for joy, however I was sadly dissapointed by this effort and in a sad way it has almost tarnished my enjoyment of the previous three films.
Now I know these films are fantasy and require a certain stretching of the imagination which is all part of the fun, but this film spoils this by suspending the laws of physics and common sense completely.
You have to watch as Indie uses a fridge to shelter from an atomic bomb with no apparent mal-effects, watch a sword fight from the back of 2 moving trucks supposedly managing to drive at around 50mph through a dense stretch of amazon rain forest without getting wrecked or separated for about 20 mins. All this alone would have resulted in maybe 3 stars as, while silly, it was passably enjoyable if not a patch on the original trillogy. My main problem came with the ending.
Whilst watching in the cinema during the final action sequence I joked to my friend 'If this temple turns out to be an alien space ship we walk out!' we both laughed secure in the knowledge that while it had been cheesed up a notch, even George Lucas wouldnt do that! How wrong we were! It almost seems like Lucas was thinking to himself 'Hmmm I haven't done Star Wars in a while, I know lets put aliens in Indie!'