Sunday, June 29, 2008

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Harrison Ford pulled it off at his age. The main story’s like one of the better ‘Star Trek’ episodes without the towering illogic; the period feel and details spot-on; the special effects ace. Cate Blanchett’s suitably hot with Louise Brooks hair and a Natasha accent... the other steely blue-eyed Russian villain is like a better-looking version of Putin. Had fun translating bits of the un-subtitled dialogue for my friend (such as how to say ‘SOB’). There are nice, brief scenes about loss of liberty at the hands of the Cold War-era FBI, obviously Lucas’ fitting comment on the Bush-Cheney era. Shia LeBeouf is perfectly good as Indy’s Brando/Dean-wannabe sidekick; I don’t understand why so many critics hate him.

Well done!

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