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May 28, 2008

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

I really hate to say this, but I was disappointed. It just didn't feel right. It felt like fan fiction, not real Indiana Jones.

It proved a theory that I've been preaching for a while now. Great Indiana Jones movies need two things: biblical relics and Nazis. This movie had neither, and it suffered from that. Temple of Doom, same thing. Raiders and Last Crusade had both and rocked.

Here's another problem. The world of Indiana Jones and the world of space aliens are both cool, but they are completely seperate worlds. It felt all wrong mushing them together. I loved Stargate, I love the X-Files, but not in an Indiana Jones movie!

And the ultimate problem... Indiana Jones is about faith, and belief and hope. About obsession and searching and seeking and finding. This new one... it's about science. Aliens are science, and even Indy didn't seem all that interested in his journey. He was obsessed with the Ark and dreamed of the Holy Grail, but the Crystal Skull? (NOTE: My friend Joe points out to me that the Grail was more Indy's dad's thing, not his. And he's right. But at least there, it's a very close personal relationship to Indy, his DAD. Who exactly was Moxely, and why should I care about him?) Eh... he said he was obsessed with the Crystal Skull when he was younger. Now, not so much. So why should we care?

Why has Lucas taken faith and trampled it into materialistic science? With Star Wars, he took these great concepts of the Force in the original trilogy and reduced it to his wacky medi-chlorinates or whatever in the blood... (something I can't just reconcile at all, it ruins too much for me. I pretend it doesn't exist!)

And now where there is the sense of wonder in something spiritual and bigger than ourselves in Indy 1 and 3, in this one it's just aliens, which is just science. Lucas, keep your crisis of faith away from our beloved franchises!

It's not like it was horrible. I'd give it 2.5 stars out of 4. It was entertaining. Just disappointing. A slightly sour note to go out on.

One last thing. It takes a ton of familiar things in American mythology: Area 51, Nuclear Testing, Aliens, Spaceships, etc... and fails to give any kind of twist or new take on any of those things. I came out knowing the same amount about all that stuff that I knew going in.

That's not right.

Posted by jason on May 28, 2008 05:17 AM


Did Indy's age disappoint you at all?

Posted by: jessica on May 28, 2008 12:46 PM

No, his age was not a problem at all for me. And in fact, Indy was pretty cool throughout the movie.

it's definitely worth watching.

Posted by: jason on May 28, 2008 12:48 PM

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