Nazism is getting old, so let's bring back a group of people that we haven't hated on since Rocky IV, the Russians. Nothing rekindles old hatreds like a good history lesson on the Cold War. It would be anachronistic to employ the services of our typical bad guys the Arabs for this film, so Spielberg returned to the time tested formula of hating on the Reds. Much like other films, the accents are in and out, but after all that's what makes a good Russian portrayal in film. Even Russian actors make the accent sound contrived, so give Cate Blanchett a pass on her Germanic, Russian vibrato.
4. Big Damn Ants:
I love creative deathtraps involving carnivorous insects. The environmental dangers are so much fun in this film and watching our Communist bad guys get eaten alive and dragged back into giant earthen mounds is simply priceless. The only time that insect deaths were done better was in King Kong when the dude got his head eaten by a giant earthworm-centipede hybrid. Big ups to Spielberg for thinking outside the box on this one.
3. Worst Case Scenario: Atomic Blast
How do you survive Nuclear Holocaust? Spielberg provides the answer with the new Indy flick. I must admit, I was sitting in my seat saying, "Oh man these guys are f-ed now." And yet, our writers provided us with a fun, and strangely plausible escape strategy. Nice mushroom cloud, but the fallout rain will be a bitch.
2. The Fedora is BACK!
I will admit that I got goosebumps the first time Indiana Jones' appeared on the screen with a hint of John Williams magic. I felt like a kid again, and regardless of how the movie panned out, I felt like I had been reunited with a long lost friend.
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull will not disappoint hardcore fans, because it ties us many loose ends from previous films. Almost every question that lingered following Raiders, Temple, and Last Crusade was answered. Character stories (save for Sullah) were tied together neatly and you felt like this story had progressed. My greatest fear was that Harrison Ford would be playing a character too young (given the fact that Last Crusade was made in 89) but about 16 years has elapsed since the last movie. Audience members believe that Indiana is feeling his age, both mentally and physically. This is not another "Rocky Balboa" where clearly the main character is trying to accomplish something that is virtually impossible. While you can never compare this film with its predecessors, I promise that the latest Indiana Jones will leave you feeling good about your moviegoing experience. Crystal Skull compliments the series, and will not leave you feeling like this film was a major Hollywood mistake. You will not be blown away, but it's worth the price of admission, and besides there is another Dark Night trailer. What else could you ask for?