Now for the second milestone of the day and this one I'm not pleased with. Today is the 10th anniversary of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, the long-awaited and highly anticipated fourth installment of the beloved Indiana Jones film series that saw the return of Steven Spielberg as director, George Lucas as producer, John Williams as composer and of course Harrison Ford as the whip-cracking, ophidiophopic archeology professor/adventurer. Now set during in the 1950s during the cold war, Jones is aided by greaser Mutt Williams (Shia LaBeouf) and former lover Marion Ravenwood (Karen Allen) as he tangles with Soviet Agents led by Colonel Irina Spalko (Cate Blanchett) as they search for the ancient crystal skull. I was hyped when I saw the trailer for this a decade ago and was glad to see Ford back in action despite his advanced age and even happier hearing Williams' spine chilling, iconic score along with that whip sounds effect. But like The Phantom Menace upon release, we weren't prepared for the infamous, mind-numbing, and childhood-raping fails that would occur such as the drastic shift from the throwback pulp adventure/supernatural formats of the previous films to a 50s sci-fi B movie plot involving interdimensional aliens, Mutt's CGI-ridden Tarzan swings with monkeys, Shia's very presence as the uncharismatic Mutt, the cheesy dialogue, and of course the scene where Indy escape a devastating nuclear blast by hopping into a refrigerator among all sorts of ridiculous plot elements. I know this was a series built on suspension of disbelief, bending genres and delivering escapist entertainment, but this missed what was truly special about the past films and served as nothing more but another cynical cash cow. Loved it or hated it, put your thoughts in the comments.
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