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Not The Best of The Indiana Jones Pictures, But Still A Fun Film
Okay, this movie is fun. When I went into the theater, I wasn't expecting another Raiders of the Lost Ark, Temple of Doom or Last Crusade. I was kind of expecting this movie to suck, but it didn't. The movie was entertaining. It certainly wasn't better than Raiders of the Lost Ark, but I thought it was on the same level as Temple of Doom and Last Crusade. The over-the-top action sequences are what this series is all about. I remember the scene from Raiders where Indy is in the Nazi hideout after he has clung to the submarine and is trying to pull on the knocked out officer's clothes and he is discovered by another. Indy proceeds to punch him and his hat flies off his head. In Temple of Doom, the Maja Raja(I hope I spelled that correctly)is stabbing and burning Indy with a Voo-do doll for Pete's sake. Last Crusade has the Indy and Elsa swimming in Petroleum.
Crystal Skull is not a perfect film, I didn't like the hazy look that all of Spielberg's recent films have(We can thank Janusz Kaminski for that), it didn't have the look of the previous films. But, the action was great.
What I did like about the film is that it's cheesy, just like the 50's sci-fi films of the day, for example, the very "so-so" received fridge sequence. I thought it was classic Indiana Jones, he gets into a situation in which he's in way over his head and finds a crazy solution(Remember the scene where the tank goes over the cliff in Last Crusade?). Also, I loved the Hangar 51 sequence, that was the scene that really established the return of Indiana Jones. Overall, it was a great film, I really enjoyed it and hope there isn't another Indiana Jones film on the way, but I'm sure 19 years from now, this is going to be seen as a classic, just like the first three Indiana Jones pictures.