It’s been almost two whole decades since Indiana Jones has been on the big screen and the wait for fans is finally over. However, I am disheartened to inform that even though Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is very enjoyable and entertaining at times, it sadly does not feel like an Indiana Jones movie.
Famous archaeologist Dr. Indiana Jones is called back into action when he is forced to get involved with a Soviet plan to uncover the secrets behind a mysterious artifact known as the Crystal Skull.
If the main character of this particular film was called John Smith instead of Indiana Jones I might have been able to enjoy it a whole lot more. But as this is supposed to be another entry into the much loved franchise, I couldn’t help but expect a whole lot more from it. Because the other films are just that damn good, especially the first, this one inevitably doesn’t even compare. It’s not even in the same league as any of the previous three films, even Temple of Doom, and in its attempts to “throw back” or “feel” like the other movies it just comes off as a cheaper impersonation than a continuation of the series.
There was a major element which I was afraid this film was going to include and sadly it is there — and that is the amount of special effects used. In the original trilogy the special effects were kept to a bare minimum and instead they opted for more “physical scenes”. However Crystal Skull has an (over)abundance of special effects, and not just in its action sequences but in even the little details. The famous opening shot of the Paramount Logo fading into the mountain in Raiders of the Lost Ark is loosely replicated here, although instead of a mountain it’s a small dirt mound that an animal crawls out of — a CGI animal. This is an example of Spielberg and company attempting to pay homage to the other films but instead it just comes off cheap. They’ve tried too much to amp everything up to a bigger scale requiring special effects that were very distracting throughout, when they should have just gone with the technique they used in the previous three films — keep it simple and classy and not overload it with unnecessary elements.