Following my titanic ego, I decided to watch this one while doing some movie-critic like thinking, and will publish my thoughts on this page where all my non-existent avid readers will discuss and view for all eternity. Now for the movie.
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
It had a very nice beginning that I liked a lot with a sterotypically Indiana Jones army jeep chase, except this time instead of Nazi's, there was KGB. One of my first thoughts was that this movie looked much better and crisper than the older ones, which I am sure is partly due to modern special-effects technology, but also due to the scrappy analog broadcasts and VHS tapes that I watched the old movies on.
As the movie progressed, you learn it has to deal with the same "City of Gold" from National Treasure: Book of Secrets, which kind of took a way part of this films glory, but this time the city was actually in South America, not underneath Mount Rushmore. The city also turned out to not be made of gold. Shia LaBeouf makes his entrance in the movie relatively early in, and does a pretty good job throughout the entire movie. However, I personally am not a LaBeouf-as-an-action-star fan, because I remember the days the he was on the Disney Channel, or in the movie Holes.
Karen Allen also returns in this movie, and the usual arguments between Indiana Jones and her character, Marion Ravenwood, ensure. You also learn (spoiler alert) that LaBeouf is Marion and Indy's son, even though the two never did get married. The acting in this movie I thought was pretty good and it did get me excited all over again. Until the aliens came up.
That's right. In this installment of the Jones series, there are aliens. Technically they're "inter-dimensional beings," but they're complete with elongated skulls and have the complete space man look, minus the green-ness. You don't actually get to see them until the end, and the major alien role is actually that of the interior of the alien's head, which happens to be a "crystal skull." This skull has odd powers, one of which is a magnetic effect with gold. The whole alien concept I thought was really cheesy, and I had hoped for a more original idea coming from Spielberg, rather than an extension of War of the Worlds.
Overall I thought the movie was good, but definitely could have been better. I don't think it topped the originals, but it still had good old Harrison Ford with his whip and hat, taking down the foreign bad guys one truckload at a time.