Saturday, May 24, 2008

Movie Review

We went to see "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" today.  Indy is now an old guy.  It's 1957.  Harrison Ford is 65 years old and still kickin' booty.  We've all aged 27 years since "Raiders" and I still can't crack a whip or ride a motorcycle.  Honestly, I'm not really a Harrison Ford fan, but love him as Indy.
You know what, it was darn fun movie.  Lots and lots of action, some twists and turns in characters and a pretty improbable plot.  Typical Indiana Jones stuff.  Above, you see Ford on the back of a Harley driven by Shia LaBeouf.  Lee says the motorcycle chase scene is one of the top 10 chase scenes of all time.  Marian is back from Raiders.  She's the only decent woman character in any of the Indy movies, as far as I'm concerned.

In all honesty, I'd give it 4 out of 5 stars.  The plot gets a little, well a lot, bizarre near the end. Not typical Indiana Jones fare, but pretty darn good.  We've all seen improbable scenes where you think "no way!".  My enormous "no way" came during a lengthy river-waterfall scene.  Indy and cast not only go over 3 ginormous waterfalls (100ft+ drops) and survive, but all in an open air jeep with no seatbelts.  Indy is still wearing his hat at the end and his flashlight and lighter still work.  In the last fall, they all fall out of the jeep, mid-air.  So, they lose one star for stretching it just a bit beyond cartoonish in that scene.  Otherwise, go see it.  Really.  Just remember that you can get up to go pee when they land in the river in a jeep.  You'll even have time to wash your hands and won't have to dry them on your pants.

P.S. There's bugs and snakes, but you knew that already.  


  1. Hey, don't you remember that Harrison jumped into a ginormous waterfall in "The Fugitive"?
    Maybe that's his trademark move?

    And yes, you've got to expect snakes in all of his Indy movies somehwere somehow! hehe

    I haven't seen it yet, but John took J & J to see it yesterday. They were still talking about it when they got home (after a 30 minute drive from Albuquerque. haha)

    Glad you had a nce entertaining movie time. Did Pearl go too? Did she enjoy it?

  2. Ha, I forgot all about The Fugitive. Lee and I were trying to remember good Ford movies that followed the Indiana movies. Could only think of a couple---he always plays parts that are too serious and political.

    Pearl did go to see it with us and took a girlfriend. They loved it too. What's funny, is that they were talking about the waterfall scene when the movie was over also, and we didn't sit with them.

    I think Shia LaBeouf is the next Indy-sort of character. He's grown up so much since "Even Stevens" on the DIsney channel. We loved him in "Holes" and "Transformers".

    The movie we absolutely can't wait for is "Hancock" with Will Smith! We plan on seeing "Prince Caspian" and Pearl hasn't seen "Iron Man".

  3. Thanks for the review! I was wondering if the new Indy movie would be any good. I don't make it to very many movies any more, but may need to see if I can manage that one.

  4. Cool!
    We'll take the boys to see Prince Caspian soon, too. But we've heard from a few friends that Iron Man is not for the faint of heart or those with young children.
    Very frustrating when Hollywood can't just focus on making an action packed exciting family super hero type movie without adding gore, sex and super violence.

    If you go, let me know what you and Pearl thought about it, k?

  5. Lisa, I can't remember how old your twins are. We've already seen Iron Man. Your Jenna can't see it. Yes, lots of stuff blew up, but that was the tip of the iceberg. There was implied sex (woman in her underwear leaving the "next morning"). The thing that was hard and bordered on an R rating was nearly the first hour of the movie. Iron Man, before he was Iron Man, was a civilian captured in the Afgany desert by militants. He is held captive with another man for a month and it's scary. There is implied torture. The other prisoner dies.
    That said---I loved the movie. Robert Downey Jr. does an outstanding job and it has a good message that isn't too hard to dig out---Greed and explosives are not the way to peace. It's not really an anti-war movie, but an anti-'killing other human beings because they are different from you' movie.

    PS--lots of cussing in the Indy movie.