I’m glad I saw this. I almost didn’t. I basically forced myself to go.
It’s been almost twenty years since that last Indiana Jones, and I really didn’t like that one too much. So at first I figured I’d see this one out of a sense of nostalgic obligation, but when reviews came out so mixed, I thought I’d just skip it.
But at the last minute, I went to an early matinee, and Crystal Skull kinda rocks.
From a story by Jorge Lucas and somebody I don’t know, and a script by David Koepp, Steven Spielberg his own self directs the very cool senior citizen Harrison Ford as everybody’s favorite architect adventurer. At first to see him running and fighting almost made me groan…he’s no spring chicken. But eventually you get drawn into the movie and start to root for Old Man Jones!
Cate Blanchett as the Russian villain was awesome…she can really do no wrong, and a character that could have been a cartoon turned out pretty interesting. And I thought she totally rocked the Louise Brooks-ish hair-do. Yum!
At first Shia LaBeouf’s character was way too cartoonish…sort of like Fonzie with an inferiority complex, but he eventually won me over too. I’ve always thought he was a cool actor, and he did great here too.
John Hurt played an older professor type, but he’s good at THAT, so that’s cool.
One of the coolest things about Skull is the return of Karen Allen, reprising the role of Marion Ravenwood from the first and most would say best Indy flick, Raiders of the Lost Ark. She was a breath of fresh air and very cool in her role. Her chemistry with Ford rocked, too.
So a lot has changed in twenty years, so the special effects in this film are far beyond what the last flick brought, but despite that, Skull still has an almost nostalgic feel to it. Kudos to cast and crew for bringing a classic character out of retirement and making it feel right!