The team that could do no wrong in the 1980s (George Lucas, Steven Spielberg and Harrison Ford) have reunited for the sequel that we never thought would happen - Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. It's been a long time since any of these guys have had a bona-fide hit, (the Star Wars prequels don't count because most fans of the original films really don't like them), but did they return to greatness with Indy IV?
Let me preface this review by stating that Raiders of the Lost Ark is my favorite movie of all time. I'm also a huge Indiana Jones fan. Despite this, I had relatively low expectations for Kingdom of the Crystal Skull due to the lackluster films that the guys mentioned earlier have made in the last 15 years. Still, the Indy fanboy in my was pretty darn excited when the Lucasfilm logo appeared on the screen last night and the movie began.
The first half of the movie is the answer to the prayers of all Indy fans. Action, drama, well-placed humor, nods to the previous films, and an older, but maybe not wiser, Indiana Jones. I totally accepted Indy in 1957 and the storyline had me curious. The intro of Mutt Williams, (played by Shia Labeouf), works well, too.
But, the second half of the movie was a bit of a let down. The action/fight scenes are drawn out too long, the humor is overplayed, and the whole crux of the movie just doesn't hold up to any of the previous films.
Read the rest of Marc's review at Flixray