Mike Matei / May 29th, 2008
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
April 10, 2010 at 10:45 pm
Remember that jungle chase, when that fucker was fighting that bitch? Yeah, I like how the jungle floor was all flat and smooth. The fucking street out in front of my house isn’t even flat and smooth!
April 25, 2010 at 3:01 pm
The first three films are classics, three of my favorite movies of all time. Crystal Skull was what it was, it was great to see Harrison Ford back in the role and for it taking place in the 50’s it did that very well. It just didn’t make me reminiscent of the first three films, but maybe it wasn’t suppose to, I have very mixed feelings about it and I sorta see it as a stand alone film rather then Indiana Jones 4 and I don’t think I’ll ever hold Crystal Skull at high of a respect as I do the first three films, but this was(if nothing else) a fun film.
April 27, 2010 at 7:39 pm
I think i can address the biggest problem with this movie, and its the same as the problem with temple of doom. Now i know it can never produce the same feelings you get from the original three so i want go into that. I think the main problem was what they were hunting for aliens. I mean come on Indiana Jones looking for aliens. It was just as stupid as when the priest ripped out hearts in temple of doom. They are both action films that they tried to make the strangest things ever. When it comes to the ark, and the holy grail they were great archaeological mysteries. And thats what indy is an archeologist. These are great adventures spanning the ages and he solves them. In temple of doom, and crystal skull there is no real reason that hes at where he is, especially in crystal skull they have him as having been a secret agent. There are many mysteries that still exist, Noah’s ark, and the library of Alexandria to name two that would have made great movies. Now i know that the first three (primary 1 and 3) will never be matched for greatness, but if they made a 5th one off of one of those concepts I would love that movie. as for this one and temple of doom they are fun but there not what make indy, indy. P.s. and he was named after the dog thats the type of humor they needed in this one.
May 21, 2010 at 12:58 am
I have to agree even though this Indiana Jones is not like the others. But you have to remember that this is history related. I’m not joking if you look at the history of the anchient Mayans and Aztecs and all those cool South American and Mexican Native Americans all the history is that. Their gods did have elongated heads and they did do that to their children. It isn’t that far fetched. Besides this movie has enough from the Russians. Which I am actually confused how they get into Area 51 (I know its refered to as Hangar 51 but we all know what it really is). Why aren’t there many guards and why do the Russians kill those American Guards when all that Russian dude had to do was look into the eyes of the American and he would let him pass that simple. Don’t diss this movie because of the Alien thing its just a hunch because the history is true as Indy said to Mutt “It depends on who your god is.”
May 24, 2010 at 4:22 pm
My biggest problem with Crystal skull was the change in theme. In the origional 3 everything was more mystical. You didn’t know why things were happening but you could see that it was happening. Maybe it was God or something else. They don’t explain it.
In Crystal skull it felt more like Science Fiction. There was no big reveal at the end. You spent the entire movie, from the second he finds the skull, knowing it is from outer space. The specifics of how it plays out was not easy to predict but the basis of the entire thing was origional. This is my number one main problem with Crystal Skull.
Number 2 problem with it. It had an artifact that isn’t really known. this was Temple of Dooms problem as well. In Raiders and crusade they were looking for a long lost artifact that alot of people have heard of before. In doom. WEll maybe it is just because I am not Hindu but I’ve never heard of those rocks. In Skull. You have to be told what it is based off of and that is near the end of the movie. It feels more removed than Doom did from reality. In Raiders and Crusade I always left feeling like it could have happened. In Skull…eh.
The Third problem with it was the Russian mind reader lady. Again this is where I think Doom has a problem with the guy who could rip peoples hearts out and they still live. It just felt wrong to me.
Finally I don’t think Skull had a good marketing campaign. Look at the Preview trailers for Crystal Skull now that you have watch the movie and tell me if the movie in that trailer is what you just saw. This happens occasionally in filming. another example is the movie “Bridge to Terabithia” It was an alright movie for what it was but the previews would have made you think it was something completely different.
It was a good movie for what it was but I think it would have been a better movie if you had the X-files character as the protagonists as opposed to Indiana Jones.
July 8, 2010 at 10:02 am
Lots of bellyaching about the nostalgia factor in here! I highly doubt that if you were a kid seeing the original Indy films for the first time you’d view them the same way you would as an adult seeing them for the first time. I think a child watching all 4 today would disagree with you. The fourth stays very true to the feel of the others with not TOO much CG and great stunts. I don’t know why anyone ever thinks new movies are going to fulfill their nostalgia factor – when you’re nostalgic over something, you forget all the problems and only remember the good things. When you see something new and it’s fresh in your mind, you’re probably going to rip it to shreds.
In conclusion, I think I’d give this movie 4 out of 5 because it was a damn fun time.
July 17, 2010 at 1:38 am
I agree with the remarks about the source of the trouble here. It isn’t that the movie is bad as a movie, it just seems wrong to try to mix Indiana Jones with aliens. Really, why would you try to mix those two things? It just doesn’t make sense.
August 14, 2010 at 4:25 am
I thought this movie was fun and it was nice to see an Indiana Jones movie again… but the ending destroys it all. Aliens? Give me a break.
August 14, 2010 at 8:51 am
Geez, why does James hate Temple of Doom so much? thats gotta be probably my all time favorite action film. Saying Crystal Skull was better makes me question his taste a little bit. It wasn’t nostalgia that made Crystal Skull fail IMO, it was hype, and Lucas and Speilberg trying WAY to hard to impress us with their CGI effects, the first 3 movies had very little special effects and when it was used it looked almost like the real thing. These movies are story driven, not driven by action. There was WAY too much going on in this film, plus it seemed like they borrowed to much from Raiders and Crusade like Russians = Nazis, Indy = Henry Sr, Mutt = Indy, they rehashed the same plot for crusade already, they didn’t need to with this again. Bad guys racing good guys to hidden treasure. say what you will about Temple, at least it was something new.
September 6, 2010 at 8:39 pm
I really love RAIDERS OF LOST ARK and LAST CRUSADE but Temple OF DOOM that one was a little bit like a horror film when i saw the scene where the leader took the guys heart out but i loved the bridge battle and if u watch family guy theres an episode where peter and stewie escape from an amusement park (I don’t know if it was an amusement park or not i’m gonna have to look it up) and at the end this guy in a suit tries to take his heart out and then he gets fed to the crocodiles but with this one it’s okay and it just hit me that means if they make a movie about his son it’ll probably be called Mutt Jones Raiders Of the Lost Doggy Biscits and then Temple of CATS and the third one Last Doggy crusade.
September 16, 2010 at 9:46 pm
i’ll be honest Temple of doom is my favorite Indiana Jones movie
October 11, 2010 at 3:58 pm
I don’t really blame Spielberg, I mean, he was the one who wanted it to end at 3, and even though Lucas was mainly responsible for this film, it was inevitable….I was just not prepared for something this laughable.And I swear, until I see official DNA results, I will NEVER believe that Shia LaBeouf is the son of Indiana Jones…NEVER (lol)!
October 17, 2010 at 11:18 pm
I don’t see what the problem with the theme is. The first 3 dealt with, in order, Christian Mythology (Ark of the Covenant), Hindu Mythology (the mystical stones of Shiva), and Christian Mythology again (The Holy Grail). Ok, so, why would aliens be any different than the mystical stuff?
Even it being aliens, they were aliens that had been there for thousands of years, you know, the ancient astronaut theory, and their “technology” was mystical in origin. They are from another dimension, there was no discernable sci-fi element to them other than them being creatures from another world. It fit PERFECTLY in the mythos of Indiana Jones. I personally loved it, even though I do have a few nitpicks with cheap cgi ( like the jungle floor being texture mapped in, and a lot of the trees being obvious cg).
It’s like he says, it’s not supposed to be serious, it is supposed to be a thrill ride, nothing too deep. Although, the ending, as with all the other films, had philosophical and moral/ethical implications. I think people were just disappointed because they thought it would live up to the first 3, but come on, how could anything live up to the trilogy?
December 12, 2010 at 4:35 am
This movie sucked. HARD. I remember getting to one part of the movie and literally saying outloud CGI monkeys? CGI MONKEYS. There was the car chase and then there were 3-4 seconds when the only thing onscreen was CGI monkey jumping around and screeching. That’s what was wrong with the movie IMO. It’s just so many hours of the result of Steven Spielberg and George Lucas brainstorming “wouldn’t it be cool if…”
“wouldn’t it be cool if there was a fight scene and then we showed what happened to the arc?”
“wouldn’t it be cool if we showed how well we could animate monkeys?”
“wouldn’t it be cool if we had indie jump in a refrigerator and survive an atomic bomb blast? Plus the inertia of flying a couple miles in a lead-lined refrigerator WITH NO SPINAL CORD INJURIES?”
“wouldn’t it be cool if @#&ing *redacted for spoilers* showed up at the end of the movie and blew everybody’s minds?”
That’s all the movie is. A bunch of “wouldn’t it be cool?” moments thought up by the producers. I’ll bet that Jar Jar Binks was a “wouldn’t it be cool?” moment too. I’ll admit I was too young to see Temple or Raiders, but I saw Last Crusade in the theater and that movie was 10 times the film that this was.
December 12, 2010 at 11:50 pm
Raiders of the Lost Ark is one of my favorite films ever and Indiana Jones is one of my favorite heroes ever. Temple of Doom & Last Crusade were great too. Crystal Skull may not have been as good as any of the 3 but I still enjoyed it. I do think it gets way too much hatred though.
December 21, 2010 at 4:58 pm
I can’t understand people who thinks aliens were so stupid idea. Stories based on the bible are just as stupid. I love this movie and no one should take it so seriously
January 2, 2011 at 5:56 am
you know he actually calls the mitchell hedgiss (i dont know how to spell) a fake, so i does address that, and the thingwith the monkeys always botherd me like that was the stupidest part of the movie, sure surviving a nuke in a fridge is much more far fetched, but the monkeys thing just doesnt belong, its out of place it actually takes you out of the movie
January 2, 2011 at 6:21 am
and another thing. the argument that indiana jones and aliens dont mix is pure bullshit. its like saying star wars and time travel dont mix because it hasnt happend before. its not like he is just trying to randomly prove that aliens exist, in fact he aproches this as a skeptic. everyone says like “oh, hes an archeologist that finds mystical artifacts” yea, because a lost crystal skull that has been lost for over like 500 years and might not exist, is less mystical than an artifact that has been lost for thounsands of years, and may not exist, just because it may be alien. I mean its religious, not acording to the jewish god, but it still is religious.
i do agree though that this movie is no where as good as the trilogy, except maybe doom, i dont know it depends. its almost like that TV series “young indiana jones”. when i first saw that i was like “what the fuck is this” Its good on its own but gets coverd by the shadow of the original trilogy. but, all in all, its still a good movie…..except for that fucking monkey scene. That scene doesnt belong
January 19, 2011 at 7:35 pm
Hah. Indiana Jones is the surprise father in a Spielberg-Lucas film, with Harrison Ford in a major role? Darth Vader FTW. The fridge nuking…..oh man. That must have hurt. 😛
April 19, 2011 at 11:57 pm
This is not an Indiana Jones movie!!!!
June 2, 2011 at 3:04 am
raiders->crusade->crystal skull->temple of durrr
July 11, 2011 at 11:59 am
aliens… come on… just throw away magic and religious mystasisum.
August 1, 2011 at 3:29 am
I don’t understand what everybody’s problem is with the aliens. The first three Indiana Jones happened in the 30’s with the Nazis and at the time, there was a lot of religious superstitions and many people believed that Hitler had a hand in paranormal activities and was indeed looking for lost artifacts.
The 50’s on the other hand were more about the cold war and, something everybody seems to forget about nowadays, the existence of extraterrestrial life form with advance technology. The little green men from Mars!
Indiana Jones has always been about paranormal stuff and I think it’s great that the movie evolved with the era and talked about the “crowd’s paranoia of the time”.
If they were to make a new one that would happen in the 60’s(And NO! I don’t want that to happen) I would expect it to be about ghosts not alien or religious artifact.
And to conclude, I just want to throw in that I thought it was a great movie, but I would have skipped the “the next Indiana Jones is Shia Lebeouf I mean look at him he wants to put his father’s hat on” part…
August 9, 2011 at 3:33 am
This is exactly how i felt about this film. James couldn’t have put it any more perfectly. Almost as if he took them out of my mouth lol.
December 6, 2011 at 4:36 am
I never did add it to my DVD collection and I doubt I ever will.
August 25, 2012 at 7:11 pm
I really iled the movie but dont get me wrong The last Crusade and Raiders were the best of the four.
Personally my least favorite indiana jones movie is temple of doom, i dont know i think it misses something.
Many people just like to coment one every detail, personally is a good movie but the last crusade is the best
January 13, 2013 at 10:22 pm
Crystal skull is in my opinion is that crystal skull is the only indiana jones that sucks
July 30, 2013 at 3:22 pm
I don’t know why anyone ever thinks new movies are going to fulfill their nostalgia factor – when you’re nostalgic over something, you forget all the problems and only remember the good things. When you see something new and it’s fresh in your mind, you’re probably going to rip it to shreds.
In conclusion, I think I’d give this movie 4 out of 5 because it was a damn fun time.
July 30, 2013 at 3:28 pm
October 6, 2015 at 5:16 pm
My least favorite of the series i had high hopes watching and bam it went downhill, i loved the renioun but that couldn’t save this movie .. stick with the last crusade …
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