Indiana Jones and the KOTCS

I'm not sure what to say about this movie except that I really, really enjoyed it. It's not groundbreaking, it's not different, and it's not another "Phantom Menace". It's familiar and strange and comforting all at the same time.

Harrison Ford is great as Indy (not like anyone else could ever fill those shoes, which should hit you over the head when you see it). Shia LaBeouf wasn't as bad as people will say he was. His character wasn't Short Round or Young Indy - he was a decently portrayed combo of Indy and Marion.

The plot was okay (the first half hour was great!), but there were some questionable scenes and some huge leaps in suspension of disbelief. I didn't mind it being a little askew to the older films though. It was nice to see something completely and totally unbelievable and in action during an Indy film. The expanded universe books always had better quests and artifacts than the three original movies (the artifacts were harder to obtain and carried graver consequences), so it was nice to see the film step away from Christianity and Hinduism (which for the unenlightened was the basis of the much loathed Temple of Doom) and turn to another religion we know even less about but couple it with something (aliens) that is familiar.

People will probably crush this movie down (most reviews I've read so far are reluctant to give a final rating until after a second viewing). I was so worried it would be another PM that I may have had really low expectations. Also, I am definitely a huge fan which biases me in its favor. However, for people who like the Indy movies and want to jump back into what Dr. Jones has been up to, this movie is awesome. If you can relax and enjoy it instead of analyzing it, it's a great movie: humor, adventure, wit, and a great cast. I definitely recommend seeing it.


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