OK, I’ll start with no spoilers. It’s good to see the Indiana Jones character back, wish they had been making more of these as the characters are so fun and it is kind of ‘boys own’ comic book style. I also really liked the way this was shot (at first) the opening scene was very classic Hollywood come film noir with the low angle wide shots switching to extreme close up. Obviously the music was great, you’ve got to keep suspending disbelief over and over, and the running jokes referring to Indiana’s age is all good stuff.
|I even thought I spotted a Wilhelm Scream (first time I actually noticed it on first viewing) so checked with IMDB and indeed “WILHELM SCREAM: Boy with stack of books in library about to get crashed into by bike.”|
Now, The Spoilers – If you’ve NOT seen the film don’t read any further – go have fun don’t expect too much…
I waited until after seeing the film before reading Simon’s comments on this movie and I’ve got to agree to some extent. This movie “jumped the shark” for me during the STUPID impossible fight on the impossible cars traveling through the impossible jungle. It went on far too long with more and more silliness going on, too long and spun out just daft and no need for it to have been done so badly. Raiders of the Lost Ark was a great film, I don’t think it had that comic book style at all – sure it was ‘Hollywood’ in that any normal person getting dragged behind a truck wouldn’t get up and get on with the fight, but it didn’t simply throw away any sense of being on this planet…. you can’t jump around from car to car, stand and have a sword fight on the back of a speeding car – not to mention that the car is supposed to be off-road! So at that point we switch from fantasy to comic book and I think that’s when I lost interest and realised this movie wasn’t living up to my expectations.
So I’m not going to go in to all the other things I didn’t like about the movie, it wasn’t (by a long shot) the worst film I’ve seen. It is worth catching, just don’t expect too much – which is a shame.
These film makers should learn from their mistakes – I give you the Star Wars prequels – so if you are going to bring well loved characters back to the screen they owe the viewer a good and well made story. This story was OK (at a push), but not great. As Simon said, the original films had supernatural elements, but this was “never entirely revealed in the films (much as the X-Files would later make its signature) made them vaguely thoughtful and compelling. Meanwhile, this latest offering goes right over that line with no apologies.”
So, on one hand it’s nice to see Indi back, but I do wish it had been in a better film.