Sunday, May 25, 2008

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Outlandish, cartoonish and flamboyant are words that you could use to describe this return of Indiana Jones. Harrison Ford reminds us all of what age can do- he walks like his prostate is the size of a grapefruit, and he looks stiff and old. So it's a good thing they brought the young'un in there- Shia laBeouf- so that at least one character gets a move on. Karen Allen was dragged out of her knitting studio (really) to come do this film. And I am really glad they did. Ms Allen has not had any plastic surgery- NONE- not a laser, not a botox, not a collagen flappy mouth, and she comes back as a woman who could honestly and truly be believable as a long ago lost love. She doesn't look anorexic, and she doesn't look meemaw either. She just looks like a nice 58 year old woman who still has a beautiful smile and the same personality. It is beyond pleasant and feels real. Ford, however, looks like he just opened up the ark. The action is in the typical serial form with a big action scene about every 11 minutes. Most of it is just suspension of belief- no reality, some obvious and jumpy cgi scenes, and creaky acting. But it is what it is, so to speak. I'd see it again because it's like a college reunion where you see people you like- it is just fun and the fact that nothing is what it seems is irrelevant.