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Let me just say:
I can be a flamer, only if you harass me and tempt me to be. All you have to do is don't fall in the fire.
But, I am sadly a nice person... just don't get on my bad side, or I'll cut your heart out with a spoon. [smile]
Indiana... Let it go. Just... let it go?
In the famous words of Henry Jones Sr. , I believe this movie sums up what he was possibly saying to Indiana 45 minutes through this film.
I honestly don't think that the direction, the actors, or the settings screwed this movie. This movie could have had CGI in it as much as it did, and I still would have enjoyed it.
The thing I want to talk about is the script. The script is why I give this movie 5 stars. The story is hokey, the dialog is hokey... the end is hokey. It has "family" written all over it. Indiana has gone from historical fantasy, to ... campy one-liners and laughs for family.
I can't how annoyed I was by how many times Indiana said "kid" or "friend" , "pal", "comrade", ... the list can go on. Did anyone actually proof-read this thing? It was so amateur that it made me cry.
There was no character development whatsoever. It was too rushed, leaving me with questions. Mainly on Oxley. His character drove me insane.
That leaves me with the artifact to this film. With the story they chose, the artifact (Crystal Skull), and the ending... it was just too... un-realistic to me. Yet, you will have those that differ that the Knight in Last Crusade was hokey, and the Art of the Covenant was hokey in Raiders. I don't know, they had something about inner-strength and belief. ... Finding out aliens exist doesn't really give me any inner comfort or belief.
All in all, the script is what is really left to blame. The first 45 minutes felt like an Indy movie. But as many say, once he entered that jungle, and met up with Marion... that's where it went downhill.
I grew up with the Indy films. Unlike many fans, I'm not outright bashing ANY actors, directors, or CGI for that matter. I think the script was just horrible. The other two films (Raiders and Crusade), those were well written scripts. This was just bad, and I feel ashamed that this was the one chosen out of all of them.
Pirates and walking skeletons
I went to go see this movie the third day after it was released. I went in thinking I'd enjoy myself and I sure did. I was in awe of how Johnny Depp became the pale man he was in Sleepy Hollow, to the rough and dazed pirate he was in this movie. I was not overall impressed with Orlando Bloom's role in this movie, but when his character was needed for certain scenes, he was there. I liked the 'heroine' of the movie, though, in some scenes, I found her a little too, bland. The storyline was pretty good, though, not the kind of thing you would see in a disney ride, more like for "Jason and the Arganauts". I really hoped that it wouldn't be all scifi, and stick more to the lines of an pirate movie where they smuggle and steal, and rape and kindle. The swordfight was rather good, though I had to tell myself 'Your not watching Errol Flynn'.
But all in all, I enjoyed myself when seeing this, and I will be buying the movie when it's released.