Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull (2008)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  

USA, 2008.  Paramount Pictures, Lucasfilm, The Kennedy/Marshall Company.  Story by , , Screenplay by , based on characters created by George Lucas, .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

A mere twenty-seven years after he found the Ark of the Covenant and gave Star Wars a run for its money at the box office, cinema’s beloved archaeologist/adventurer is back and (almost) as spunky as ever. With the war long over and America in its nuclear halcyon days, professor Indiana Jones () finds that even with the Nazis out of the way there are still villains to be contended with: namely a cat-eyed, slinky Soviet scientist/goddess () who wants his help to find the secret behind an alien relic that might contain mind-control powers. It’s her intention to take the free world over from the inside, turning Americans into communists while they sleep. Jones’s adventure hooks him up with a young rebel (, still desperate to be loved) before journeying to the wilds of the South American jungle where he is reunited with his original lady love from the first chapter of the series ().   Retaining all the ridiculous stunts, questionable historical accuracies and irresistible sense of adventure that made these tributes to 1930s cliffhanger serials so wonderful the first three times around, the film goes everywhere improbable and is all the more commendable for it. As with Die Another Day, a film series renowned for brilliant stunt work has now been taken over by computer graphics imagery and loses some of its bite for it, but it’s no huge crime.

Screen Actors Guild Award Nomination:  Best Stunt Ensemble

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