So...from the very first day Indiana Jones came out, people I knew said, "wait to rent it," "it was horrible," "it's okay, but the alien thing was weird," etc.
A couple days later I hear people saying they liked it, but being forced to justify their like for it.
And so, with mixed reviews I didn't rush out to see it, even though I had caught up on the original three films and had been posting about this film in the early-early blogging days in a post called Geriatric Jones about Harrison Ford crusading for Indy 4 to come out in '07.
And last night, catching a late showing of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, we left both feeling very entertained.
I felt like Lucas & Spielberg both did an exceptional job creating a seamless plot that acknowledged the time gap in the characters ages and creating a cultural context of time passing as well. I thought the film easily matched the other 80s-Indiana's in tone, style, look, and dialogue.
And surprisingly Shia LeBeouf didn't annoy me as I expected he would and played an excellent greaser...and I wouldn't mind him returning for an Indiana Jones V. Even if the Indiana Jones V had him as the main character while Harrison Ford took a back seat supporting role...I know, where's the purest?
Cate Blanchett's amazing. Karen Allen isn't Cate Blanchett, but who cares. And Jim Brodbent as Dean Stanforth was a perfect casting match.
John Williams still has the skills for a project like this and I certainly won't complain if he gets an Academy Award nod for his score, as he did with his other three Indy-scores.
It's a whole lot of fun, and very popcorn worthy -- just like a good summer movie should be.