Indiana Jones and the Movie by Old Men ’bout Old Men: Movie Review

MoviesIt wasn’t until the Star Wars Episode III that I felt George Lucas’ decision to make a prequel trilogy about the life and times of a younger but way emo Darth Vader, was vindicated.

But when it comes to making movies about icons that have aged, I think both George Lucas and Steven Spielberg should just stay clear. Case in point, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. In a nut shell, it’s a movie by old men about old men.

Kingdom of the Crystal Skull kicks off with Indy and an (old friend) commie-bashing sidekick, Mac being forcefully co-erced to retrieve some remains for a paranormal-obsessed Soviet psychic Dr. Irina Spalko (played by Cate Blanchett). The ensuing adventure involving returning a crystal skull to its rightful resting place (oopz, spoiler) introduces, yet again, old colleagues, old friends and even an old flame.

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Harrison Ford is really showing his age in this movie. There’s an obvious paunch, and while the punch-out at the ant-field kinda bring back images of a younger Indy (I’m trying to avoid saying, the Indy of old), watching him getting his butt kicked is a rather unpleasant experience.

The only fresh face is probably Shia LeBeouf, who plays Indy’s son, Mutt, a.k.a Henry Jones III. Having the same name with the father is like a dead giveaway for subsequent sequels with the same title character and perhaps without Jones Sr this time.

Overall, the movie feels a little underwhelming compared to modern day adventure films, which is probably due to the two old men making a throwback to how Indiana Jones was like in the 1980s, which is probably indulgence on their part.

2-and-a-half stars (out of five) and probably for people who never watched an Indiana Jones movie their entire lives.

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  1. Foong June 1, 2008

    I’m planning to watch Indy this coming Tues. Now after reading your reviews, have second thoughts. But then, I think I will go anyway cos I need to see for myself if Harrison Ford can still make it as Indy.

  2. tokyo_nights June 1, 2008

    @Foong: He does make a good, albeit old, Indy. Sean Connery would cut a more dashing figure.