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Time to hang up the whip, Indy
Saw the new Indy film last night, and in two words: disappointing to poor. Don't want to give anything away, because you'll probably go and see it anyway, but suffice to say it was not up to par. Now I grant you, trying to follow one of the finest trilogies in history 9 years later is never going to be easy, but somehow I thought it would be better than this.
There are a few flashes of pure Indy gold, but overall the film feels rushed: the side characters are either not fleshed out enough or just plain annoying; the locations are never given enough time to establish themselves; the set pieces range from ridiculous to mundane with some good in between, and some of the drama and dialogue scenes are clichéd and / or bordering on tedious nostalgia. But basically over all that, the story and characters are just not as compelling, interesting or grounded as any of the previous films. Harrison is good despite his age LaBeouf shows potential but is underused Ray Winstone is plain annoying, and I won't give away the rest of the cast, apart from Cate Blanchet, who plays the villain with absolutely no personality or joy at all.
To sum up then: Starts off pretty well, though when I saw gophers witnessing some of the action I was immediately worried. Takes a turn for the utterly ridiculous. Comes back down to a better place with an excellent car / motorbike chase. Then it takes off, barely lets up, and becomes more and more ridiculous as it trundles on to an anti-climactic ending. I think Indy will remain as the perfect TRILOGY for me only.