Last night I saw Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, the fourth installment in this series that I have grown up with. I was a little nervous heading into the theater since it's been almost 20 years since the last Indy flick. Would Spielberg and Lucas still have what it takes to produce a great action adventure movie or would Crystal Skull become the Phantom Menace of the Jones series?
I'm happy to report that Crystal Skull is a great addition to the previous three films. This latest film takes place in 1957 and finds an older and more cantankerous Dr. Jones (Harrison Ford) still traveling the world in search of artifacts and adventure. Crystal Skull has all the action, excitement, and humor of the previous movies and is definitely the most far fetched, however, you could argue that all these films are complete fantasy. In Crystal Skull, Indy is reunited with Marion Ravenwood (Karen Allen), his love interest from the first film, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and the two, along with Marion's son (Shia LaBeouf) and a pack of evil Russians set out on a quest to discover a golden kingdom and unlock the secrets of a crystal skull.
The movie is packed with action, explosions, and typical Indy fight scenes. All in all, this is a great summer flick for audiences of all ages.
- J. McKinney