Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Bumblebee lets Sam play with Indy this time
eh, this picture isn't up to par, but my batteries are dying.
Thoughts on Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (spoilers)
Pretty good movie. Not as good as original three, but that was expected. I had a good time, which is what Indiana Jones movies are all about. I think Roger Ebert said something like Indiana Jones movies are in a class by themselves so they can do whatever they want. I guess I will do this the easy way and list things I liked.
1. Car hitting Marcus Brody Statue, Mutt thinks its funny, Indy not so funny (just like last crusade father son stuff on the bike but in reverse.
2. Arc shown in a crate box at warehouse. (I new from the first time they rolled the trailer that darn arc would make an appearance) Too bad the other two Shankara stones weren't in the treasure room in the end.
3. The fight between the jocks and the whatever group you would label Mutt in.
4. "I Like Ike"
5. The Jungle Chase looked less fake then I thought it would
5. The fact that once again Indy gets a bunch of goof balls to follow him to the end.
6. Did Mutt really need to bring his bike?
7. Rocket Car scene aftermath
8. Library lesson by Dr. Jones
9. Shaky comb scene in the cave
10. Just the fact that Harrison Ford was in a movie that was fun again.
I think I would give the movie seven to eight My Little Ponies out of ten. I didn't want to say three and a half ponies, because if you cut one in half it might cause certain doom.
As for the MUSIC... (thought you could get away from this rant did ya?). Ok, some of the themes are starting to grow on me a little, HOWEVER! Back in the day, it seemed like Spielburg intentionally made moments for Williams to go all out. I didn't find that here at all in this movie. The Indy theme was used waaaaay too conservatively. I know, the hero is established, and the music doesn't always need to accompany in every thing he does. But, where was the plane into the sunset theme after the first five minute adventure--It thudded. Why was it so subdued on the plane ride to South America? Why no roaring accomplishment after the Jungle Fight? Mutts theme didn't match his character at all. The soundtrack is good, but just doesn't match the other three in Indiana Jones-ness.
But don't worry. Some genius was able to get the complete version of Last Crusade's "Belly of the Steel Beast" up on You Tube. Listen to it, and discover the power of this fully armed and operational John William's action theme.