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Sunday, March 16, 2008

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Starring: Harrison Ford ... Indiana Jones

Karen Allen ... Marion Ravenwood

Cate Blanchett ... Agent Irina Spalko

Shia LaBeouf ... Mutt Williams

John Hurt ... Abner Ravenwood

Ray Winstone ... Mac

Jim Broadbent ... Yale Professor

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
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Synopsis: Everyone's favorite archeologist adventurer returns for another globetrotting trek as George Lucas teams with screenwriter David Koepp to bring Indiana Jones back to the big screen nearly 20 years after Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Harrison Ford reprises the role that launched the series, while Steven Spielberg returns to the director's chair. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide.

On May 22, Indiana Jones is back. Directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Harrison Ford as Indy, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull features an outstanding cast, including OscarĀ® winner Cate Blanchett, Karen Allen, Ray Winstone, John Hurt, OscarĀ® winner Jim Broadbent and Shia LaBeouf. Frank Marshall is the film's producer. George Lucas and Kathleen Kennedy are the executive producers. The screenplay is by David Koepp from a story by George Lucas and Jeffrey Nathanson.

Preview: by Greg, Yahoo! Movies

Near the top of nearly every film buff's list of "popcorn" movie favorites is at least one of the Indiana Jones movies. For sheer entertainment value, few movies have come as close to being "perfect" as this series. It just seems all the pieces fell into place; Spielberg and Lucas had an idea of movies that paid homage to the Saturday morning matinees they and a previous generation loved as kids, but with the energy and showmanship of the modern (1980's) era of moviemaking. We almost got Tom Selleck as Indiana Jones, but luckily, the man most knew as Han Solo at that point, Harrison Ford, slapped on that hat and whip, and the rest was history. Snakes, Nazi's and bugs... all things we came to hate in a brand new way.

And then, in 1989, the third film was released, introducing Indy's father (Sean Connery), and we never heard from Indy since. Raiders of the Lost Ark started the 80's for many in 1981, and that film ended the era. It might seem like a stretch to equate a series with a decade, but the dates all line up so perfectly... it seems, like the films, so perfect.

The 1990's brought new innovations in SFX and popcorn glee, but none of films quite are as innocent and universal as Indiana Jones was as a package. Over the years, however, there's been an inkling of a resurgence. The Mummy, in 1999, came about as close to being an Indy movie as you could without having Spielberg and Ford involved. That movie was fun (though not as good as any of the Indy movies; still good fun), reminding us of how great the Indiana Jones series really was, at the same time it revitalized a classic Universal monster series... which came from the time Indy pays homage to.

As I write this in early 2000, there's an inkling of a possibility that this film might be filmed soon, maybe this year, maybe next, maybe in 2002... no one seems to really know for sure (3/15/00 Note: We now know the earliest it could be filmed is late 2001).

Harrison Ford was born in 1942, so he'll be turning 58 this year. The Indy we saw in the first three films was a man in his 30's/40's... and clearly, Ford isn't that anymore. I doubt there'll be an Indy 5, so this one will be the definitive goodbye to the series, one last ride, one last showdown, one last popcorn movie. It's likely we'll see the older Indy, possibly coming out of "adventuring retirement", maybe saying something like "I'm getting too old for this" (that's a LW phrase). The older Indy would be living anytime in anywhen from the 1950's to (this is a stretch) the 1980's or 1990's. As to what the mission might be... who knows? There's certainly enough rumored premises out there (see link to left). Regardless, I think it's a good bet that whenever this movie gets made, there's going to be a huge audience waiting in lines (I'm not exaggerating) to see it again and again. I didn't wait in the Star Wars lines, but I might line up for Indy.

Well, I'm certainly watching out for what might happen with this one. Stay tuned.

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  • At 6:16 pm, Anonymous patrick said…

    it's gonna be tough to even come close to the quality and originality of the original Indiana Jones'


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