Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

First off, I think the title is just a little long in the tooth 😛

Well then, it’s been over 20 years since Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, and we get a new movie in 2008. Harrison Ford is an old man, and I had my doubts about this movie, both for Ford, and for the movie coming in so long after the previous one.

Besides Ford (it would not be Indiana Jones without him!), the movie also starred Cate Blanchett and Shia LaBeouf. Cate plays a Russian KGB agent intent on retrieving an ancient artifact, a crystal skull, while Shia takes the part of a sort of sidekick for Indy (think Shorty from Temple of Doom).

The movie starts slowly, but speeds up with a car chase (there is neat tie-in to Raiders of the Lost Ark here) – and the requisite theme music – and really gets moving after that. Indy’s adventure leads him and his sidekick, Mutt (Shia LaBeouf), to a remote part of South America, where they are pursued by team of Soviet soldiers led by an attractive-yet-cold KGB agent (Cate Blanchett).

Without giving away any more details, I’ll say that the movie dragged a little bit at this point. I had an idea of what it was leading up to, but it took a while to get there – I kept thinking, “are we there yet?” 😀 We got there eventually and it was followed by a very over-the-top scene near the end. Some very interesting information comes to the surface in this part, as well as a familiar face from the past.

The movie ends with a happy scene, and it doesn’t involve riding off into the sunset.

The special effects are not heavy, except for that overdone scene I mentioned earlier. The movie otherwise seemed “down to earth”.

I had thought that Raiders of the Lost Ark was the best of the series, and that opinion is unchanged. This movie isn’t the best of the bunch, but if you are an Indy fan you will likely want to see it anyway. I’m glad I did, as it was a good action/adventure movie.