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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13 thoughts on “Indiana Jones and The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

  1. I loved this movie and thought it was much better than temple of doom and the last crusade.

    However, it isnt as good as the original. but I hardly expected that.

  2. Not watched even one movie in the series. I’m not a big action fan, I prefer romance or comedy. I think I’ll need to download this one because my friend wants to see it.

  3. @Reems – Just got my dvds from netflix – gonna watch the earlier versions soon. Kindgom of crystal skull was good, enjoyed it! Your post is excellent, enjoyed it even better :)

  4. Hi

    I am still not used to having conversations through comments …. I guess I should start that soon :)

    And I read all of your posts (have subscribed on google reader) ….

  5. @Robert I liked The Last Crusade most..the interaction between Sean and Ford as father & son was hilarious.

    @Ish Ohh the series is more of adventure story type..check out the 1st part and 3rd part too. Nice to know being a guy u like romantic movies :)

    @RJ Thanks! Nahiii dont watch the 2nd one!! If u have any doubts read my post
    http://opinions-and-expressions.blogspot.com/2008/05/anti-indian-indiana-jones.html

    @Arvind Arree comment bhi kiya karo padhne ke saath saath :D :D (hindi for the effect)U dont talk on gtalk so had to resort to comment section. As for replying to comments a blog author shld reply to reader comments na? it cant be called conversation!

  6. I would agree with you on the last crusade and cate blancett being really impressive…. but otherwise the movie was a total dud…common the real treasure is knowledge part… anyway I wrote a review on it and how crappy the science is behind the movie…speically the escaping from the nuclear blast in a fridge part

  7. @Arpan welcome to my blog! Ohh u cant expect Indy movies to stick to science!! they are just for fun..not to be analysed scientifically .Infact most movies of any “wood” are like that. :D Keep visiting!!

  8. hello ma’am…. i too loved the way Indy was shot authentically withh all the details ! Indy lacks technical wizardry of many new Hollywood flicks but Indy has Humour and fun more than all of these combined…

    congrats for the win in IndiBlogger contest … my post too has been selected for the top three prizes… do read it and tell us what you thought of the post… we will be eagerly awaiting ur comments…
    http://www.thereelmag.com/2009/10/george-lucas-steven-spielberg-statesmen.html

    PS- regards for this simple, neat and charming blog. :-)

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