Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

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    During the Cold War, Soviet agents watch Professor Henry Jones when a young man brings him a coded message from an aged, demented colleague, Henry Oxley. Led by the brilliant Irina Spalko, the Soviets tail Jones and the young man, Mutt, to Peru. With Oxley's code, they find a legendary Show more... skull made of a single piece of quartz. If Jones can deliver the skull to its rightful place, all may be well; but if Irina takes it to its origin, she'll gain powers that could endanger the West. Aging professor and young buck join forces with a woman from Jones's past to face the dangers of the jungle, Russia, and the supernatural.

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    Crystal Skull isn't bad -- there are a few dazzling sequences, and a couple of good performances -- but the unprecedented blend of comedy and action that made the movies so much more fun than any other adventure series is mostly gone.

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    There's nothing but entertainment value here.

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    The action is the movie's raison d'etre, of course, but the setups are wittier than the payoffs.

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    Crystal Skull is a fun ride, but if we have to wait 19 years for the next one, that's OK by me.

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    Expecting Brando-esque menace or Dreyfus-ian uplift from the Indiana Jones tetralogy is like going to the candy counter at the mall multiplex and asking for some goat cheese and a nice cabernet.

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    Even as the movie occasionally trips over its nostalgias, it's still a likable, if unremarkable, entertainment, a pleasant echo of past delights.

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    It's not bad, exactly. It's not a desecration of the franchise. It's just . . . tired.

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    Nearly two decades after the last appearance, Indiana Jones is back, along with its diminishing returns and its aging principals and their trademark tools.

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    Ultimately, The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is instant artifact. It's a vessel with a great deal of pictorial images on its surface. But its contents are long gone.

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    The character and plot contrivances are dumber than ever, but this is basically vaudeville, not narrative, and the thrills keep coming.

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    It's romantic manliness at its purest, almost but not quite schmaltz, ideally calculated to please true believers and ironic snorters at once.

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    Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is probably the worst of the Indiana Jones movies, but it's still pretty much a delight, from the beginning almost until the end.

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    We're also (relievedly) a long way away here from the strenuous self-importance of the Bruckheimer-era blockbuster, and one should never look even such modest gift horses in the mouth.

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    At his best, Spielberg is certainly capable of tapping, to almost unnerving degree, collective moods and fears and longings, both emotional and cultural.

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    The action sequences are staged and edited sloppily, a far cry from the death-defying stuntman extravaganzas of yore.

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    There's plenty of frantic energy in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, lots of noise and money too, but what's absent is any sense of rediscovery.

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    Crystal Skull is hit-and-miss like the clunky 1984 sequel, Temple of Doom. And instead of the elegiac tone that lifted 1989's presumptive valedictory, The Last Crusade, director Steven Spielberg and producer George Lucas have gotten sillier.

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    It's as contrived and convoluted as all the other Indiana Jones movies, but not as much fun.

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    Sitting through Steven Spielberg's slog down memory lane means waiting for surprise, waiting for delight, waiting for daylight after turgid trudges through Peruvian caves, and waiting for an abstract story to coalesce.

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    Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull may be the slightest, least memorable entry in the franchise, but it's a franchise with a rather high bar, and the film's plentiful flaws do not overwhelm its pleasures.

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    The fourth chapter of the Indiana Jones chronicles feels repetitive and a little gassed, but it has too much bravura filmmaking, and just enough wit, to not recommend.

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    Satisfying if not fully electrifying, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull offers fans all the familiar elements: bullwhip, fedora, ancient texts, hidden clues, obscure maps and cliffhanging moment atop cliffhanging moment.

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    While the production values are top-notch, and the action artfully choreographed, in the end -- and quite well before the end -- a sense of tedium sets in.

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    [It's] the most ridiculously cartoonish of the four flicks -- but Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is still a lot of fun anyway.

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    Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is as joyless as its predecessors were blissful.

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    Spielberg is an efficient, consummately competent director, and the action sequences deliver exactly what's promised, if nothing more.

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    In Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, a daring team of professionals risks everything to unearth a valuable artifact. No, not a quartz cranium. The Indiana Jones series. And the great good news is that they succeed, marvelously.

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    Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is entertaining, inventive and old-fashioned in the best way.

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    Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull plays heavily on the fondness of the audience for the first three films. Without that, it's basically a better-made version of the National Treasure series.

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    Spielberg hasn't gained more skills as a director, and series creator George Lucas is a shell of the writer he once was, but Kingdom is still an old-fashioned, two-fisted romp through archaeology, the Cold War, pseudo-science and film history.

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    Indy IV may not entirely be the grand return that everyone had hoped for, but it's still great to see a good old friend come around again.

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    On a satisfaction scale, it lands squarely between The Temple of Doom, and The Last Crusade.

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    It's admittedly a pleasure to see Harrison Ford back in the role. Once you get past the initial reintroduction, though, it's obvious that this fourth film in the Indy series really has no idea where to go.

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    Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull can't be seen as anything other than a very minor chapter in the adventures of one of cinema's most beloved action heroes and a disappointment for those who have waited patiently for his return.

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    All the necessary ingredients are here: ancient riddles, rumbling stone technology, a precious artifact with supernatural powers. And Harrison Ford, as Indiana Jones, still looks dashing in a leather bomber jacket or professorial tweed.

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    I can say that if you liked the other Indiana Jones movies, you will like this one, and that if you did not, there is no talking to you.

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    Even with the ponderous dialogue, there is considerable fun, and it's good to see that Indy, though slightly weary, still has the goods.

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    Even in its inflated and creaky fourth incarnation, the Indy series retains a certain unassuming quality, at least compared to Hollywood's recent monstrous productions.

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    A rollicking class reunion that stands as the second best entry in the venerable series.

    3/4
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    Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull gets swamped in a sea of stunts and CGI that are relentless as the scenes and character relationships are charmless.

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    Spielberg clearly got enormous pleasure employing a lifetime's worth of skill and turning out wave after wave of smartly done stunts and effects set pieces.

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    A lot of the picture veers uneasily between solemnity and slapstick and 47 different genres.

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    At its best, it's a satisfying shuffle of the deck of famous Spielbergian moments that have gone before.

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    Once it gets going, Crystal Skull delivers smart, robust, familiar entertainment.

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    Director Steven Spielberg and star Harrison Ford have no trouble getting back into the groove with a story and style very much in keeping with what has made the series so perennially popular.

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