Finally saw it this weekend.
The goods - Bringing Karen Allen back as Marion Ravenwood. Remembering to give Harrison Ford the complement of one-liners that has made the Indiana Jones movies so great.
-Spielberg and Lucas made the mistake too many (even good) directors/producers are making these days by falling in love with CGI to the point where they make impossible unrealistic stunts that detract from a great movie, or animals that act in such unrealistic ways that it's obvious they aren't real.
-I think there could have been some really good plot/character development if Shia's character wasn't so "get-along" with people. Some additional tension between himself and Indy (especially during those long archaelogical lecture moments) might have added some real humor.
-Showing a big flying saucer right after showing an inter-dimensional portal for the aliens. Why in the heck does anyone need a flying saucer if they have a huge freaking inter-dimensional portal?
-Skipping any mention WHATSOEVER of Sallah (Jon Rhys-Davies). Heck, they could tell us that Marcus Brody died, and couldn't even list what happened to Sallah?
-One last question, a friend brought up: Why is Indy's father dead if he drank out of the Holy Grail, which supposedly results in eternal life? (One could similarly ask why Indy would ever be in danger at any time, since he drank from it himself)
I enjoyed the movie, but "Raiders of the Lost Ark" and "The Last Crusade" were far better films. Yeah, I know, I'm a cynical old cuss.
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