INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL
Reviewed: May 15th, 2008
Director: Steven Spielberg
Starring: Harrison Ford, Cate Blanchett, Karen Allen, Ray Winstone, John Hurt, and Shia LaBeouf
My Rating: 7 out of 10
This is a really tough movie to review, ‘cause it’s really a tough movie to get a handle on. If you like the Indiana Jones movies, then you’re gonna like this one. But there are a lot of things about the film to hate.
For the uninitiated, Crystal Skull follows the continuing misadventures of Indiana Jones, intrepid archaeologist and fedora-wearing adventure hero. This time around its 1957, a full twenty years since the last movie, and an ageing Indy is going up against the Soviets to find the titular crystal skull. Helping Indy is punk greaser Mutt Williams (Shia LaBeouf), old flame Marion Ravenwood (Karen Allen), duplicitous colleague Mac (Ray Winstone) and bat-shit crazy colleague Professor Oxley (John Hurt). Trying to do the heroes in is the Soviet scientist Colonol-Doctor Irina Spalko (Cate Blanchett) and her army of Ruskie redshirts.