Monday, June 9, 2008

indiana jones and the crystal skull

i'm a die hard fan of the indiana jones trilogy. i'm not a total geek, in that i can spout every line, but i appreciate the genre. the new movie, the crystal skull, follows along the same style of storytelling of the previous three. steven spielberg was inspired by these chapter movies, growing up, where there was a hero, in dire circumstances, of course, and at the end of each chapter, there was a cliffhanger, leaving the audience wanting more. so i look at this as another chapter in the adventures of indy. also the fact that harrison ford is still hot, after all these years, and he did a great job not making indy look like someone who is on their way to the geriatric ward.

there's the indiana jones clichés, which i think make these movies "classic." i like how the cliché is consistent and constant throughout the series. shows that spielberg has a vision, and sticking to it. i respect that in an artist. not changing your vision to fit status quo or popular culture. there's the classic lines, like, "i have a bad feeling about this," and "i hate snakes!" there's the "natives," the bugs, the treasure hunt, the chase, the romance, the swashbuckling fights (like how is going to get out of this one?), the humor, the heroics and machismo you want in one movie. it might not be as popular as all the other remakes of comic book heroes, and maybe it's all above the new generation, but i think the movie did the genre justice, and stayed true to itself.

and that's my 2 cents.

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