Sunday, May 18, 2008

Indiana Jones cracks a skull for his new film - CONTAINS SPOILERS!

Imagine if you will as Indiana Jones must wade through another adventure. This time, we find out that Indiana has a son and deal with individuals stabbing his back. As I sat watching the new flick at the Paramount Theater on the Paramount lot, I couldn't notice that the overall audience was respectful and happy to finally get a glimpse of the movie. However, the reaction throughout the audience was a bit more lukewarm.

One interesting running gag were gophers or were they prairie dogs through the movie. The humor was a bit dry but I loved Cate Blanchett in her "Swing Out Sister" hair style playing the villainous Russian Irina Spalko. I loved her accent and the fluidity she went from English to Russian.

Karen Allen reprises her role as Marion Ravenwood, the love of Indiana life and how Indy and Marion show that their love may have lasted through the years even if Indy was absent from her life all these years.

Shia LaBeouf was able to pull off his screen role as Mutt Williams aka. Riding his motorcycle and playing a greaser, LaBeouf's character moves from fixing motorcycles to traveling South America with Indy to help find a beloved friend, Professor Oxley (John Hurt).

The story line of this new installment of the Indy series revolves around the possibility of crystal skulls that have some type of psychological powers. George Lucas was able to exploit the myth surrounding the Mayans and Incas in which aliens may have helped the indigenous tribe with creating a civilization that was way beyond its time in terms of technology. This is where the crystal skulls come into play. Believing that their are powers, Irina Spalko forceable enlists Indiana to seek out the skull and the imaginary city that the skull comes from.

All in all, the action sequences are what you will expect in an Indiana series but the comedic lines falls slight flat of expectation. Along with the expectation of covering a red carpet event is futile as the only red carpet premiere that was had of this film was in Cannes.


Stanley said...

I was a bit disapppointed in the film, and afterward, noone in the audiencce clapped or anything! It was very awkward.
The 'swinging through the trees scene' killed it for me!

LBC Kali Guy said...

I think the swinging through the trees looked a bit far fetched. The audience I watched it with actually laughed at it. What did you think of the jokes? A little dry you think?