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Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull [2008 film] (2008)

by Steven Spielberg (Director), David Koepp (Screenwriter)

Other authors: Karen Allen (Actor), Cate Blanchett (Actor), Jim Broadbent (Actor), Harrison Ford (Actor), John Hurt (Actor)10 more, Igor Jijikine (Actor), Michael Kahn (Film editor), Janusz Kaminski (Cinematographer), Kathleen Kennedy (Executive producer), Shia LaBeouf (Actor), George Lucas (Story), Frank Marshall (Producer), Jeff Nathanson (Story), John Williams (Composer), Ray Winstone (Actor)

Series: Indiana Jones Movies (4)

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Indy tries to outrace a brilliant and beautiful agent for the mystical, all-powerful Crystal Skull of Akator. Teaming up with a rebellious young biker and his spirited love Marion, Indy takes you on a breathtaking, action-packed adventure.



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Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)

Harrison Ford – Indiana Jones
Cate Blanchett – Irina Spalko
Karen Allen – Marion Ravenwood
Shia LaBeouf – Mutt Williams
Ray Winstone – ‘Mac’ George Michale
John Hurt – Professor Oxley
Jim Broadbent – Dean Charles Stanforth

Screenplay by David Koepp, based on a story by George Lucas & Jeff Nathanson
Directed by Steven Spielberg

Colour. 122 min.


Indiana Jones and the Tragedy of the Tetralogy

Why, Georgie, why did you have to ruin one of the most magnificent trilogies in movie history? After The Lost Ark (1981), it is true, The Temple of Doom (1985) was a bit of a letdown; but it still was, and is, a fine movie well worth your time. With The Last Crusade (1989) the series came to a perfect conclusion. And now that! Well, for me Indiana Jones remains a perennial favourite, one of those rare gems I can revisit at any time, in any mood and still get a lot of pleasure from it. But it remains a trilogy.

Everything in The Crystal Skull is plain wrong or dead dull – or both. To begin with, the plot is ridiculous: aliens in the jungle, indeed! Compared to the sweeping stories of the Ark and the Holy Grail, this stuff looks as hackneyed as flying saucer myths. Second, the Russians, despite Cate Blanchett's irresistible accent, make nowhere near as fine villains as the Nazis. Third, action and special effects have always been one of the hallmarks of these movies, but not in such profusion and certainly not in so preposterous a fashion. Fourth, the trademark humour is more or less completely missing, having been replaced by vapid and contrived jokes. Shia LaBeouf, an appalling excuse for actor, and the nostalgic presence of Karen Allen cannot save the stupid and overblown screenplay. The few moments deliberately introduced to remind us of the earlier movies (e.g. Indy in Princeton) only make this crap more painful to watch – if that’s possible.

If there ever is such a peak of deliberate perversity as fifth Indiana Jones movie, I know I will not see it. I am perfectly sure that it will be the same utter disappointment and complete waste of time as The Crystal Skull. If anything, this movie only proves the old dictum that it’s never too late to make yourself ridiculous. George, Steven and co. have certainly succeeded in this. ( )
1 vote Waldstein | Aug 1, 2018 |
An enjoyable adventure in the spirit of the earlier ones in the Indiana Jones series. Though, not the best in the series. ( )
  papyri | Feb 20, 2011 |
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Spielberg, StevenDirectorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Koepp, DavidScreenwritermain authorall editionsconfirmed
Allen, KarenActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Blanchett, CateActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Broadbent, JimActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ford, HarrisonActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hurt, JohnActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Jijikine, IgorActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kahn, MichaelFilm editorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kaminski, JanuszCinematographersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kennedy, KathleenExecutive producersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
LaBeouf, ShiaActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lucas, GeorgeStorysecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Marshall, FrankProducersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Nathanson, JeffStorysecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Williams, JohnComposersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Winstone, RayActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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