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Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

I'm not sure if I'm going to finish this entry before we have to go. Mom should be here to take us to the grocery store at some point, but which point that is is becoming increasingly unclear. But in the meantime, we saw Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull last night, and after yesterday's entry, I think I probably should write a review.

We saw the name Karen Allen in the opening credits, and immediately thought, "Oh, no. Marion's in this movie." To be fair, it was most definitely the character and not the acting that made Marion so annoying. But I was really sad, because they never explained what happened to Shorty between Temple of Doom and Raiders, and we were kind of hoping if anyone came back, it would be him. Sad. Athena says, "I guess he really did just join the circus with his elephant." That would be pretty awesome, and they should totally go into that.

On the other hand, they did return to the giant storage room with the Ark of the Covenant, so that made me a little happy.

But anyway, it was about when Indy was talking to the guy about how they're at an age when life stops giving and starts taking away, and I was like, "If only he'd had any kids... oh!" And then I was annoyed that of all the heroines he could have had a kid with, it was Marion. We were very sad about Henry Jones, Sr. and Marcus Brody dying. Poor Marcus. The saddest thing about it is that we wouldn't have felt so sad about him if we hadn't only recently watched the first trilogy. We suck.

Despite figuring out that Mutt was Indy's son, we didn't make the connection to naming himself after a dog until much later in the movie. I blame this on the fact that when he said it, it sounded like he said "Mud."

After a while, I convinced myself that, much as I hate Marion, it was obvious in Raiders that Indy actually liked her a lot, and it really made the most sense for her to end up with him. And I like to pride myself on the fact that I can accept developments I don't like if they work with the story. But that being said... Aliens? Seriously? Aliens!? With all the religions and mythologies in the world, they go with aliens? What is that all about?

Actually, we figured out what it's all about, and the answer lies in the Animaniacs cartoon where the Warners help Michelangelo finish painting the Sistine Chapel. They paint ET in there, and Spielberg comes along and says, "I like it!" I guess Spielberg has a thing for aliens. And it didn't make the movie any less Indy, except for switching into sci-fi, but that's really the problem. Indiana Jones isn't supposed to be sci-fi. At least, not in my head. And why did they need Indy to interpret for that guy? We could have figured out that a guy making writing movements with his hand means he wants to write something. And then toward the end, Mutt was interpreting for him, and he hardly looked at the skull at all! And where did all those people at the temple come from? What were they doing there? The other movies always explain what the people are doing there.

Still, it's a pretty fun movie, especially if you don't mind looooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooong action sequences. We'd put it in the realm of Last Crusade for ratio of action to non-action sequences. We have a hard time focusing on long action sequences, ourselves. We tend to start drifting away. But there was a lot of fun interaction (the quicksand scene was Awesome), and Marion had grown up a lot and was a lot easier to put up with (I liked when she was telling Mutt how to fence; Athena says if she hadn't seen Raiders, she might have liked Marion based on this one), and yeah. It's like if Indiana Jones met aliens. Because, y'know, he does. And stuff.

And the scene at the end, when Mutt picks up the hat, is beautiful.

So yeah. Kind of mixed feelings on that one.

Today I'm thankful for getting to sleep in tomorrow, getting to buy groceries, being done with work for today, extra grilled cheese sandwiches, and Milky candies.
Tags: indiana jones, reviews

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