August 12, 2012

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was a 2008 continuation of the hit 1980s franchise. It took nearly two decades to revive the movie and that's exactly what they did. The movie was definitely revived, becoming one of the biggest films in history. I haven't seen any of the older Indiana Jones movies but I've read about them several times. I'm actually surprised it took me this long to watch the movie. Harrison Ford returned to reprise his role, except this time, he had a different buddy, Shia LeBeouf. The film also starred, Cate Blanchett, Karen Allen, Ray Winstone, John Hurt and Jim Broadbent. It was directed by Steven Spielberg, and just with that, you know it must be really good. The screenplay was written by David Koepp and he succeeded in creating a viciously attracting script.

The start of the movie was actually pretty exciting. It had some frightening scenes, some badass fight sequences, and an overall good adventure. the second half of the movie was a lot better than the first half, but the first half was still good. The story was about the search for a crystal skull and the mystery behind it, and the movie stuck to its premise. It had some underlying stories which added layers to the plot. Nothing convoluted though. It was all tied up rather well, especially the connections of the characters. It's been years since the last Indiana Jones movie, so I guess they wanted to refresh details for the olides and introduce them to the younger ones. As another newbie, it was nice to know who the characters are, and the past experiences they had. It was also crazy to find out the weird familial ties within the movie, but I wasn't too surprised as I'd guessed it already. Didn't think I was right though.

It did have some awfully boring parts, but at least they were short moments. Nothing more than 5 minutes. I was thankful for that because most movies have off moments, but at least they made sure to turn things around quick. They kept it exciting as a real adventure film should be. I identified with National Treasures because they were on a quest to discover and locate specific items not normally seen by regular people. I thought they had the same premise, although the approach was a lot different. I still liked both movies though. Indiana Jones had a more Western approach to it, which I thought was one of the marketability of the movies. It made the movie appealing to different types of people.

Harrison Ford still kicks ass even though he's a lot older now. He's still capable of doing action movies, although he did seem a bit slow. But for a guy of his age, he was still impressive. The funny thing is, he did a movie released in 2006 entitled Firewall and he was also busy punching people there. Harrison Ford is already an icon in the movie industry, but more so in the action genre. Cate Blanchett, however, was the biggest surprise here. She was sick, in the best way possible. I've never seen her take on a role of that difficulty I guess. I could only imagine the preparation she did to perfect the role, and the persistence she must have to carry on with the character. Her performance here's probably one of her best performances I've seen. She's a truly versatile actress, and a lovely one as well.

It was a pretty good movie. It was an exciting adventure and the journey they took was one worth taking. It had the thrill of being on a quest, and that's a good sign. Steven Spielberg did great on its direction. If you're a Harrison Ford fan, this movie will make you an even bigger fan, especially since he still delivered the Harrison Ford action vibe we all knew. It was hard-hitting and very impressive. Shia and Cate were also stars and they made the movie modern, but at the same time honest to what the franchise was about. Overall it was a great movie.

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