To me the biggest problems with Crystal Skull were with the script and not the Directing. The film jumped around and didn't do a very good job at exposition. The fridge nuking and the monkeys were painful. John Hurt's Oxley speaking in odd riddles was more annoying than intriguing after a few scenes. The idea of the Russians as antagonists and the UFO spin wasn't necessarily a bad way to go. It reflected the pulp of the time period. Karen Allen is a treat even if she's a bit rusty in a few scenes. It's my least favorite of the films. It doesn't bring the franchise down the way the Star Wars prequels did. Temple of Doom, which I know a lot of people really like, has a lot of the same problems for me. Willie Scott is simply annoying from the first frame and doesn't improve. The dinner table scene with bugs and monkey brains is a juvenile gross out fest and didn't wear well for me. And riding a raft out of a plane and skiing it down a mountain is up there with nuking a fridge. Still Temple of Doom has more good scenes and does a much better job of communicating the direction of the story. If they do make a 5th film I hope the script is up to the task. I'd love to see Indy go out on a high note.
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9/19/12 at 12:52pm