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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Total disappointmentBy stoneybridge (42 reviews) from Worksop , 02 Oct 2011A huge disappointment, it didn't meet the standard of the previous films and actually, about half way through, just became boring. It sold itself from the adventure story it had always been into trying to do something different with the story within the context of the same story structure and it just didn't work. Just awful, on reflection, awful.
My, doesn't Harrison Ford look old!By Catkin (10 reviews) from London , 25 Aug 2011
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideReally Steven, really? The first three films were great, each one having Indy searching for a better and more precious artifact. So I wondered what on earth Steven Spielberg would have Indy be searching for this time. Aliens? meh ok. What finally made me want to kick my tv in was the temple turning into a spaceship and flying away.
Along the way there is a re-rendering of the action packed car/truck chase that was in the first movie, only this one goes on longer...much longer. Go on, have forty winks through the chase and you'll wake up with either Harrison Ford or Shia LaBoeuf still hanging precariously out of a car trying to smash the bad guys in at the same time. Add to that the cliche of the father/son dynamic makes this film for me, a huge turkey.
However over all of that, I sat throughout the film thinking, 'My, doesn't Harrison Ford look old'.
I give the film one star for great special effects and the cute touch of bringing back Karen Allen as Marion Ravenwood.
Not goodBy a customer , 22 Jul 2011Really not good. Was very dissapointed. Can't quite believe Harrison Ford agreed to it. Or John Hurt for that matter. Don't bother renting.
Absolutely AtrociousBy GoonerLegend (1 review) , 16 Jun 2011Very Dissapointing. Not a scratch on the original Indiana Jones films. Sadly Harrison Ford appears too old for the role.
This is how you shoot action films.By FilmDwarf (10 reviews) from London , 10 Jun 2011Beautifully shot action, every scene filmed with great precision, not a wobbly camera in sight. The film is deeply engrossing, with an intriguing subject matter. Cate Blanchett rocks in this.