I have been a big fan of the Indiana Jones movies for years. They are always smart and fun and well-written. So of course I had to go see this one on its opening weekend. The great thing about this movie is that it doesn’t take itself too seriously.
The story begins in Nevada in 1957. There are numerous references to the characters being older; from the start Indiana admits he can’t fight his captors as he once did. There are also many visual references to previous Indiana Jones movies. These start right in the beginning of the movie-it’s lots of fun to try and spot them.
Cate Blanchett makes a convincing villain. Her skill at accents is put to good use here. It’s great to see Karen Allen reprising her role as Marion Ravenwood. She is as tough and argumentative as ever. Harrison Ford has gotten a bit creaky and is outshined by the exuberant Shia LaBeouf.
Yet Harrison Ford IS Indiana Jones, from the hat, the bullwhip, and the fear of snakes to his way with the ladies. So-have fun, go see Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.