Friday, May 30, 2008

INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL

INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL
Harrison Ford, Shia LeBeouf, Cate Blanchette, Karen Allen, Ray Winstone


Cinema 4, Shang Cineplex





Indy's back! It was just like old times when the rugged professor went off on his adventures.

So naturally you don't really expect much from the film except to be entertained for a couple of hours. The professor or should I say Harrison Ford was still very much in his elements. Making snide remarks, cracking jokes and being his true sarcastic self. Of course add a few wrinkles here and there and some pounds here there and everywhere but the same formula still weaved its magic on us, the audience. The same hapless audience who grew up watching Indiana Jones movies. Movies which were known for their fast paced action scenes with tinges of historical facts and archaeological diggings. Throw in some caricature villains and baddies, some romantic angle and you were sure to be treated for some good old popcorn variety entertainment!

Having said that in this day and age when movies like Lara Croft and National Treasure try to cash in on the same formula of 'archaeological' films, this installment of the Indiana Jones franchise was a bit weak plot wise. Thriving on an ancient myth of some far fetched scientific mambo jumbo didn't quite sit well with me. But then again that's just me since I'm not into those sci-fi related plots. I was also disappointed with Cate Blanchette's very caricature like villain complete with faux German accent and strange hairdo. It seemed like an over acted performance from one of the finest actresses we have in the industry today. Such a pity, really. As for Shia LeBeouf's character, he was simply added in the story so that the Indiana Jones legacy will continue to draw in the younger crowd. As well as the need to have a sequel in the works.

Well I conclude by saying that Indiana Jones still had its own punch and could still pull in some adrenaline laden shots so it was entertaining enough to watch. But hopefully the sequel will have a better story line!

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