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Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull – A Fan Looks at the Highs and Lows

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This piece is for those who have seen the film; it may contain spoilers, and peanuts.

Summer film season is in full gear and the latest box office thrill is here, and may be here to stay. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is the latest from Steven Spielberg and company and I must say I have never been so happy to see a character return to the big screen.

I had some expectations coming into the film which I hoped would pan out and thankfully most of them did. However there were a few elements that left me scratching my head. These are minor complaints and they are as follows:

No Opening Gambit

It has been a staple of the series to begin each film with a concise adventure that ties into the primary story in the film. There was no such gambit in this film and I could not see the reason for not including one. I for one would have happily sat in the theatre for another twenty minutes or so.

Recycled Plot

Although the approach to the narrative was unique, I thought that the alien-ancient culture tie in was leftovers. The other problem with this, in keeping with the series, is that the artifact had no historical significance, i.e. The Ark of the Covenant, Holy Grail. All in all it was just okay.

Slightly Too Much Fantasy

There always should be things in films that could never happen in the real world. It seems that Crystal Skull erred on the side of excess. The vine-swinging and the Jeep tree landing were the two biggest ones in my humble but correct opinion.

With that out of the way, I can now say that I thoroughly enjoyed the film from start to finish. I will now enumerate what I thought were the high points in the film, and these are the peaks (to me):

The Father/Son Dynamic

This element is what made The Last Crusade so enjoyable, and I was happy to see it thrown into the mix again. Shia LaBeouf was a shameless greaser and a great sidekick for Indy, exponentially less irritating than Short Round.

The Age Element

It seems that there are so few action stars these days that the greats of yesteryear have returned to save the day. In recent films as this such as the latest in the Die Hard series, age is a factor. Indy has aged 18 years since our last encounter and he is not only savvier but the humor that ensues is quality.

Fear of Snakes

The ultimate foil for Dr. Jones has always been snakes and I was elated to see this return. I was in tears during the rat snake segment, great classic stuff.

I plan on seeing this film again as soon as possible, as it is what I go to the movies for — adventure, action, fun all swirled into a delicious cinematic milkshake.

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