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|
|Collections:||100 Hot Hits, 100 Swords and Sandals Films, Top 400 All-Time Rentals|
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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awwww my fav theme tune!By podbee (32 reviews) from York , 18 Dec 2010
[Highly rated reviewer]ok so i hummm the indiana jones theme tune at work, driving all around me mildly insane??
i played the playstation 2 game an pestered a friend for the hints an tips on how to pass certain levels.
but i found the film as entertaining as all the others, these are not films to think hard over every detail, though i was pleased to see referances to marcus brody, the late Denholm Elliott. within the film
although if harrison ford does do another jones movie from a zimmer frame i might not be as generous with my review.
Nothing else to do?By a customer from Reading , 08 Dec 2010I guess that if you are really bored and there is nothing else to watch this movie will do, but surely even watching the weather station is better.
Worst Film in the Series.By a customer from Bournemouth , 03 Dec 2010I loved the first 3 movies and was really looking forward to this.
I was extremely disappointed! It was full of typical Hollywood Cliches and too predictable. It was actually painful to watch.
WOW ITS AWESOMEBy a customer from basingstoke , 21 Nov 2010
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHidei loved it it was rilly fun to watch and stuff but there only 1 thing i dident like and that is this film is so fake il say i wont say y its just fake in 3 bits its not realistic if u get me because the 1st indiana films wore more realistic but i loved it still but i think the best indiana jones is number 3 but this 1 is my 2nd best i dont no y most people dont like it just watch it i mean i loved it ok its AWESOME give it ago its just more fake because well theres kind of stuff in it what is fake u will c what i mean if u watch it but i loved it hope u will love it aswell
ça manque de souffleBy neodali (6 reviews) from hythe southampton , 05 Nov 2010A la limite d'une bande dessinée, ce film au scenario caricaturale aurait mérité en raison de son sujet un peu plus de profonteur. Bon divertissement toutefois mais loin d'être un chef d'oeuvre. Dommage Harrison Ford nous a habitué mieux que cela.