Indiana, what a guy!

Since starting this blog, I believe I’ve written a proper review for every first-run movie I’ve seen at the theater. But I’m going to break the trend for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. There are plenty of paid-for-their-work critics out there who’ve pinpointed a number of problems in the film (including ones I don’t necessarily think exist), but I’m not going to say anything specific about what could have been better. Because when I think about Indy, I just want to think about what was awesome. All I’ll say is that while it wasn’t as good as Raiders of the Lost Ark or The Last Crusade, it was definitely as good as Temple of Doom, and that was enough to make me happy. So here’s a list of stuff I loved about the movie, which made about a quintillion dollars this weekend, but if you are one of the sad people who hasn’t seen it yet, obviously read no further.

1. Harrison Ford’s still got it. Swing from that lamp using your whip to hang on! Crash into that Jeep and elbow that commie in the face! Yeah!

2. Shia LaBeouf is hot. I know he seems young, but don’t feel guilty for admitting it—according to imdb he turns 22 next month, and is therefore well within the acceptable range for aesthetic appreciation. He also did a good job with the whole acting thing.

3. The fight between greasers and lettermen in the diner followed by a motorcycle chase through the campus anti-communism rally was great. Hilarious and impressively well-choreographed.

4. Marion Ravenwood kicks ass. But please, if there’s an Indy 5: let’s see her DRINK!

5. Jeep chase through the rainforest: good. Swordfight: really good. Swordfight while on the back of Jeeps chasing through the rainforest: fucking legendary.

6. I loved, loved, loved the man-eating ants. Creepy as all hell and this is where Cate Blanchett’s character really came together and won me over as the villain: obviously freaked out of her mind, she still maintained composure. Because no matter what it takes, she vants to know.

7. The quicksand scene! Bravo to whoever came up with that gem in the long, long writing process. Seriously.

What else did we love? Put it in the comments, people, but remember: this is a Love Only Zone when it comes to Indy. I’ll be back to bitching about other things soon, don’t worry.


5 Responses to “Indiana, what a guy!”

  1. 1 jared May 27, 2008 at 2:44 pm

    ALIENS & inter-dimensional knowledge! A much better grail than religious artifacts sought after by Indy and the Bad Guys in past flicks.

  2. 2 patty May 27, 2008 at 2:52 pm

    i bet indy number 5 will be him fighting cancer from standing in the middle of the NUCLEAR FALLOUT.

    just kidding.

    i loved it! they did a great job of including a snake scene without overdoing it.

  3. 3 Becca May 27, 2008 at 4:49 pm

    Ditto to the snake/”rope” scene, and to the man-eating ants, and to the whip-swinging in the warehouse, AND PARTICULARLY to the delectable, charismatic young Shia. I liked that his character went by Mutt–a slightly subtle nod to “we named the dog Indiana” from Last Crusade.

    Neil Flynn popping up as the skeptical FBI agent was a treat. Would have loved to have seen more of Jim Broadbent, too, as he is such fun.

    If there is one message to take away from this film (besides stay away from paranormal scientists that carry swords), it is that if Marion and Indy can make it work, I think there is hope for us all. “They all had the same problem! They weren’t you!”

    Maybe I should start dressing in all khaki and open a bar in Nepal.

  4. 4 Becca May 27, 2008 at 4:59 pm

    Oh, also…

    “Don’t be such a child, and find something to fight with!”

  5. 5 Sarah May 28, 2008 at 10:32 am

    I loved all the little nods to the father/son interaction. After they knock Brody’s head off and Mutt is laughing, Indy just looks at him with the same askew glance that went from father to son in “Last Crusade.”

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