Saturday, June 07, 2008

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

As a doorway to a luminous past of legend and idyl, this is a dud. As a live action cartoon set in the Indiana Jones universe, it's all right. Flaws: gophers. Too much exposition and clumsy to boot. Uneven pacing. John Hurt, Ray Winstone and Jim Broadbent are completely wasted (an easy fix would be to combine them into one character.) Kudos: Shia laBoef's (is that his real name? Could it be otherwise?) performance is fine, his role is unoffensive. Karen Allen was a welcome sight but she was given nothing to do. Kate Blanchett was fascinating but the role was ludicrous. I thought the monkeys were funny but the vines silly. Ditto the tree eater and its flying saws.
It's not a betrayal of everything good and true in the way that Episodes 1 - 3 are, so I guess I am grateful for that.

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