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Cute and entertaining all the way through!
I have to laugh at the comments about "not having substance." Um, this is 'Alvin and the Chipmunks,' right? If you really are concerned about what "messages" this movie is sending your children (or....yourself?), then there is a plain, easy-to-grasp theme about family and friends sticking together. I'm not sure what else you want.
Beyond that, the film is very cute, funny, and entertaining all the way through. The female-counterpart "Chipettes" add something new, but don't take away from the Chipmunks. Zachary Levin and David Cross are charming and amusing in their respective roles. If you liked the first movie, then you will be entertained by the "squeakquel."
They brought the magic back!
After 19 years, 'Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull' gave a whole new generation the special opportunity to experience the release of a new Indiana Jones movie. There are many unique challenges that face a film that resurrects a beloved cultural icon after 19 years, but the likes of Steven Spielberg & Co. showcase their immense talents by delivering a film that recaptures the magic.
A 65-year old Harrison Ford slips back into the role of Indiana Jones like an old pair of jeans. Steven Spielberg is able to bring back his same exciting directorial style as he had in the first three films. And similarly, John Williams provides another brilliant score that is similar in its style and feel to the first films.
David Koepp's script provides a wealth of wit and amusement, along with a touch of emotion. Lucas's story is clever mix of legend and fiction, even if the general plot line is reminiscent of the preceding Indy films.
This film contains the benefits of modern technology with the use of digital effects......but still retains some amazing physical sets and stunt work, for which is a staple of the Indiana Jones series. What results from the blend is an impressive visual spectacle. It looks like an Indiana Jones made in 2008, but it still looks and feels like an Indiana Jones movie.
I also feel compelled to add that this a lighthearted action/adventure film. The Indy films are based on the Saturday serials of the 30's and 40's that George Lucas loved as a kid. These movies encompass that innocent spirit. The Indiana Jones seres is escapist entertainment at its best.........'Kingdom of the Crystal Skull' is an excellently crafted film that reaches a similar level of quality set by its predecessors.