Indy 4 Reviews are in, Knives are out
May 18th, 2008 | Digg This

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull got its first major screening today at Cannes,


And I think most of us want Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull to be good, which it, sadly, is not. If we love the first three Indiana Jones films, it’s because they had great action, mythic objects of wonder and great comedy touches within big, well-shaped stories; Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull feels like it was reverse-engineered from that blueprint, as if enough action and props and comedy would then make a story. Crystal Skull may bring back the faces and themes we remember, but it’s curiously bloated and malnourished, too much and not enough. It’ll make a bunch of money, sure, but even after 19 years of waiting, I can’t imagine it truly satisfying anyone’s jones for Jones.

The Telegraph:

Well, The Crystal Skull is certainly old-fashioned, though not necessarily in a good way. And many of its striking scenes — notably a climax that briefly recalls Close Encounters of the Third Kind — could only be computer-generated.

With a cast clearly pre-fabricated to appeal to all ages, an overstuffed plot and an ageing action hero, it feels born of commercial calculation rather than a story that needed to be told.

There’s a reason the previous Indy film 1989 was called The Last Crusade. Now it’s really time to entomb this elderly series once and for all.

The BBC:

For the hardcore Jones fans, this film was never going to live up to expectations.

One cinemagoer leaving the first press screening in Cannes said: “George Lucas, you gotta stop hurting us”.

The Guardian:

There are some nice moments, and everything is good-natured enough. But this is a moment for Harrison Ford to hang up the hat.

Hollywood Reporter

Whatever story there is, a murky journey to return a spectacular archeological find to its rightful home — an unusual goal of the old grave-robber — gets swamped in a sea of stunts and CGI that are relentless as the scenes and character relationships are charmless.

“Crystal Skull” will have its huge audience when it opens worldwide Thursday. Indeed it had that audience the day the project was announced. What is disappointing to those who fondly remember “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” lo those 27 years ago, is the loss of wit and romance. This film feels like work, whether it’s poor Harrison Ford straining to keep pace with his younger self or Spielberg and writer David Koepp piling on the thrill-ride acrobatics that have only scant connection to the plot.

If I paint a negative picture, it’s because you always enjoy a film more if you go in with fewer expectations - let your hopes be dashed to desperation, purchase your movie ticket and come out with a smile better than you could ever have expected. Or go in expecting the greatest film ever made and come out sorely disappointed.

Indiana Jones Movie Magazine
February 13th, 2008 | Digg This

… coming to a news-stand near you:

Answering the call for all things Indiana Jones is the new magazine following his adventures: Indiana Jones Magazine. Containing tons of movie news, the magazine covers all the action with Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, interviews with the cast and crew, and much more.

This special commemorative movie edition first issue contains 100 full color pages, for $9.99 and will be in stores on May 22, 2008.

Covers after the break (via Scoop).

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Indiana Jones Trailer - 14th February
February 11th, 2008 | Digg This

Valentines day it is, so says the official press statement from Paramount Pictures and Lucasfilm Ltd. The trailer shall air first on ABC’s “Good Morning America” between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. Then the footage will be available at appear on and Yahoo! Movies, as well as in theaters (of course!).

In other news, there is a new Hat and Jacket Indiana Jones featurette on the official site,

Trailers clocks in at 1m 43s
February 6th, 2008 | Digg This

The BBFC (British Board of Film Classification) have passed official classification of the new Indiana Jones 4 trailer, given a rating of PG with “no cuts made“. The most telling fact on this sparse page is the runtime, set at an exciting 1m 43s

When submitted to the BBFC the work had a running time of 1m 43s.
The running time of this film was calculated from the measured length of 155+3 ( feet + frames ).
This work was submitted to the BBFC by Paramount Pictures UK .

Via The Raider

Crystal Skull revealed…
February 6th, 2008 | Digg This

and then covered up again as Paramount Pictures sweep across the internet in hopes of removing all references to it. I’m not going to post the SPOILER image here, but a couple of sites do still have the image up. (Bradley Cain’s Blog, Dugg Mirror, Geeks of Doom, ATTUHome for instance). The picture above is NOT the skull image (which is much clearer, scarier and other-worldly) - it actually comes from the Official Pix blog,

Indiana Jones Official Pix

The 11×14 inch Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull image will be limited to just 50 hand numbered pieces making it an instant collectible! Each of these hand signed photographs will come bagged, boarded, and include our numbered COA. Price: $459.99.

In other news, Empire have released a higher quality version of the Cate Blanchett image we have seen recently,

Thanks Guy for the heads-up.

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