Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was directed by Steven Spielberg, stand stars Harrison Ford, Shia LaBeouf, and Cate Blanchett.
It’s been a long time since I watched this one. I remembered it being awfully paced and boring, but that wasn’t really an issue for me on this viewing. This might be the “bad one” of the Indiana Jones series, but technically speaking, Kingdom of the Crystal Skull isn’t terrible. The main issues with it arise because it’s an Indiana Jones movie.
Before I explain what is so bad about this movie, let me praise it for what it did right.
The action sequences are still good, with the car chase through the jungle (besides Mutt swinging with monkeys) and the motorcycle chase being the highlights. The score is still great as well.
I know some people don’t, but I actually like Mutt and the family dynamic between him, Indy, and Marion. It was kind of cool to see his interest in archaeology grow. He’s a fine character for me.
There are so many small parts about this movie that are just plain dumb; the Ark of the Covenant reference, the scene in which Indy gets nuked and survives in a fridge, Marion driving onto a tree and it bending perfectly into the river, and Mac as a character are a few examples. Also, they try to make Irina Spalko both intimidating and goofy at the same time.
Then, there’s probably the biggest issue with this movie: aliens. Really? I mean, it’s not just the fact that aliens are the “artifact;” I think that could’ve worked perfectly well. It’s just that the ending is so goofy to the point where it ruins the rest of the movie. This sucks even more because right after it, there’s a nice wedding scene between Indy and Marion.
The other huge drawback to Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is that, put simply, Harrison Ford is much older. Had this been made in the 90s, I think it could’ve been much better. Ford still plays the role very well, but old Indiana Jones just doesn’t work all too well. It almost felt like they made the Russians weaker than they looked so Indy could actually fight them.
We all know they should’ve just left it at The Last Crusade.