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27 May 2008 @ 01:11 pm
Crystal Skull  
I realized I never did an actual post about the Indiana Jones movie. So here be it!

The opening sequence was silly, even for an Indy flick. The atom bomb and the fridge [shakes head]

Why did Mutt and Indy go back to Indy's house after being chased all over town by the KGB?

Ugh!! Man eating ants! But it was nice they sent Indy's hat back for the wedding [weg]

Okay, aliens. Spielberg wanting to revisit CEOTTK and ET no doubt [g]

Hey! That was my plot device from 'I Remember You Not Fondly'!! Interdimensional alien device created to seek out knowledge. Pffft! I should be writing movies [g]

Way back when details of the movie came out, I said that if they went for the cliche of making the kid the long lost son Indy never knew he had, I would scream. So yes, there was screaming. I mean, come on! And it's sad too. Indy was denied seeing his son grow up, Mutt was denied having a father growing up. What a cheat that was.

Who else was expecting piranhas at some point?

Twenty years late, but at least they finally got married!

I'm not sure if it was on purpose, or coincidence, but Indy seemed to have a lot of the mannerisms/personality of his father in the beginning of the movie.

I liked how the kid kept combing his hair.

Cate Blanchett was interesting, especially with the hair colour.

Overall, I enjoyed it, especially when I was afraid it was going to be a train wreck like the recent batch of Star Wars movies. It was better than Temple of Doom, other than the opening sequence I'll definitely get the DVD when it comes out.
Valerie - Postmodern Pollyanna: poutwiliqueen on May 27th, 2008 08:17 pm (UTC)
And it's sad too. Indy was denied seeing his son grow up, Mutt was denied having a father growing up. What a cheat that was.

I was less bothered by the cliché -- that being one of the few pulp clichés Indy hadn't one -- but now that you mention it, yeah. It makes Marion look unnecessarily petty.
Ithithildyn on May 27th, 2008 11:39 pm (UTC)
I could understand her being ticked at him for running out on their wedding, but the Marion from Raiders wouldn't have kept Indy's son from him. IMHO, of course :)
layla_aaronluscious_words on May 27th, 2008 08:28 pm (UTC)
Prior to reviews coming out, I asked the Welshman if he wanted to see it in the theatre and he said maybe. Now that reviews are out, I'm betting it becomes a DVD purchase.
Ithithildyn on May 27th, 2008 11:39 pm (UTC)
It was worth seeing in the theater, just not twice [g]
layla_aaronluscious_words on May 28th, 2008 02:07 pm (UTC)
LOL, I'll keep that in mind.
rodloxrodlox on May 27th, 2008 09:03 pm (UTC)
>Hey! That was my plot device from 'I Remember You Not Fondly'!! Interdimensional alien device created to seek out knowledge. Pffft! I should be writing movies [g]
yes, yes you should be writing movies. or at least getting credit for it.

I'm actually thankful they didn't have piranhas.

yeah, me and most of my movie-watching group all thought "I can hear Indy's dad laughing now". :D

that bit with the wind and the hat, in the chapel...I could've sworn it was a loop-around (a reference to the start) to one of the early introducing-Indy scenes of the first few movies, where Indy does exactly that with his hat.

...sort of a passing-on-the-torch.
Ithithildyn on May 27th, 2008 11:41 pm (UTC)
I'm glad they didn't have them too. I just didn't think they could resist having them [g]
amonitrateamonitrate on May 27th, 2008 11:29 pm (UTC)
was Indy in the army and a spy in the other movies? When did that happen? I was so confused.
Ithithildyn on May 27th, 2008 11:38 pm (UTC)
No, all that happened post Last Crusade which was set just before WWII started. So it was never in any of the movies, just what he did between the last one and this one.
amonitrateamonitrate on May 27th, 2008 11:46 pm (UTC)
okay, thanks. I couldn't remember when Last Crusade happened. But... there were Nazis in the first flick. Gah. I should go look at a timeline, but I'm not sure I care.
Ithithildyn on May 27th, 2008 11:51 pm (UTC)
A Nazi timeline

I think Last Crusade must have been set in 38 or early 39 since Austria was made a part of the Reich in the spring of that year, and there was a Nazi presence at the castle his dad was being held at.
lillie: cometlilliew on May 28th, 2008 12:27 am (UTC)
The whole alien thing was just a bit too out there for me. I liked the whole unexplained/slightly religious ancient history themes, but aliens? Leave that to the Sci-Fi adventure movies, thx. They could have curbed it just a little and left it open, such as the South American ancient gods or something. Not saying I don't like alien explanations, but it didn't seem like Indy for me.

It was entertaining, but not as good as 1 and 3 (let's just forget 2) and the story line wasn't as good as previous ones. Son angle was interesting and it was great having Marion back.

It just could have been better, IMHO.
Lara I.lara_everlong on May 28th, 2008 03:29 am (UTC)
I think I should invest in a lead-lined fridge. Just in case, you know. Although, I guess since I'm not Indianna Jones, the fridge might, I don't know... fly open if it got tossed around in a nuclear blast...

That kid from Transformers sure is growing up quickly! It was pretty cliche for him to be Indy's son. I was so hoping they weren't going to go there. But, they also went the alien direction, and I'm not quite sure which is more out of place in the series.. I totally thought the kid said his name was Mud and I thought that was hilarious.

Cate Blanchett does not do a very good Russian accent. Not consistently, anyway.

Speilberg offered to direct the new Star Wars movies and Lucas said no. He should have said yes. The new Indy movie didn't really compare to the old ones, but it didn't absolutely horrify me like the first two new Star Wars (the third was mildy acceptable but failed to make up for the other two.)
Ith: Art - Wildwoodithildyn on May 28th, 2008 07:39 pm (UTC)
Speilberg offered to direct the new Star Wars movies and Lucas said no.

Yeah, I know. They might have even been good if he'd taken him up on it.
Ninjababe: Angerninjababe on May 29th, 2008 06:15 am (UTC)
Speilberg offered to direct the new Star Wars movies and Lucas said no.

I could rant for hours over the 'direction' of the new Star Wars movies... I think George Lucas has great concepts, he's a great producer, but writer or director? Hell no!!

(Worst line ever: Hold me, Anakin, like you did on the shores of the Lake of Naboo!)


Anyway... I agree. The new Indy movie isn't awesome-great-wanna-see-it-again-now, but it isn't

I think I like it better than Temple of Doom, but that isn't saying much. (There are portions of Temple of Doom I liked, but mostly, it was 'ehh'...)
Lara I.lara_everlong on May 29th, 2008 09:15 pm (UTC)
I could rant right back atcha, believe me! Although I'd have to say the worst line ever was that completely wooden "No" of Anakin's at the end of Ep 3 - but, well, that's prolly heavily influenced by bad acting as well.

I never saw the Indy movies when I was a kid and only saw them all a few years ago, so even if Crystal Skull had been terrible it still wouldn't have compared to the utter despair I felt as one installment after another of the new Star Wars came out - man, Star Wars was my life! My first sci-fi obsession! HOW DARE THEY MAKE IT SUCK!
meekkatmeekkat on May 28th, 2008 11:12 pm (UTC)
I didn't mind the aliens so much. The previous movies all dealt with religious legends that turned out to be true in one way or another, so why not legends about aliens becoming true? It still dealt with an archaeological mystery that turned out to have pseudo-supernatural elements to it. I guess it is a bit too scifi, though. Indiana Jones does seem more fantasy-adventure to me.

I'm glad they had him get hitched to Marion. Out of all the Jones girls, she was the best. Although, she can get annoying with her constant exclamations of "get your hands off me!!" and not being able to solve that problem for herself.

They should have brought back Sean Connery! But I was pleased that they gave him a nod at least.