Archive | June 7, 2008

Indiana Jones and The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Though I have criticized, ranted, and grumbled about the 2nd movie of the previously trilogy & now “quadlogy” Indiana Jones series in my post earlier, I want to state for the record that the 1st and 3rd part were fine & enjoyable and had no such gross story lines.
Recently I saw the highly anticipated 4th movie in the series “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull“. First of all Indiana Jones movies are for those who like thrilling adventure stories, treasure hunts and don’t mind far-fetched fantasy/fables added to it like the Holy Grail or the Lost Ark. As I enjoy such movies I was looking forward to watching the 4th part. Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones has grown old but from what I’ve read he refused a stunt double and has done many action sequences himself. The movie is basically about the legendary city of El Dorado and Indy getting mixed up with KGB which is after the secret behind mysterious artifacts known as the Crystal Skulls. The meticulously planned and shot action sequences as seen in previous parts is missing but Spielberg has to be applauded for the way the movie seems to be really shot in the 60-70’s. He has paid attention to costumes, cars, everything. Even the film print looks quaint. There is no dumb bimbo as the female lead character of the film. Cate Blanchett as Colonel Dr.Irina Spalko is the villain and I could hardly recognize her! And of course I liked her [mixture of power and evil in woman + the Russian accent..love that :D]

There is a young dude also who turns out to be Indy’s son [Spoiler :D] and infact its shown in the end as if he will be next Indiana Jones and there will be a 5th part.

I liked the concept that Knowledge is the biggest treasure and that we can never ever gain complete knowledge about everything; physical, spiritual, philosophical and abstract; mostly because we can’t handle it..we are just mere mortals. And sometimes we let go of our soulmates out of stupid reasons or fear or fights and just lose precious time which we could have spent together…As a character says “How much of human life is lost in waiting”. The movie is entertaining and definitely worth watching once in the theater.

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