Indiana Jones And The Mediocre Reception

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull swings (courtesy of a well-worn leather bullwhip) into movie theaters and cineplexes today. Now, this isn’t my “official” review of the movie. It doesn’t look like I’m going to venture into any dark movie theaters to join in on the adventures of archaeologist/adventurer Indiana Jones today. I’ve been there and done that for they opening day hype for two of his three previous premieres. I might see it tomorrow. If not then, than Monday — no need to battle the weekend crowds. It’s not that I’m not excited to see the return of Indiana Jones. That character is by far one of my favorite all-time heroes. Raiders of the Lost Ark is probably my second favorite movie of all-time (just behind the other Spielberg opus, Jaws).

What should by all accounts be a triumphant return seems to be being met with mediocre reception — and that’s a shame. Early reviews have been mixed, but leaning toward the negative. While a lot of reviews are saying that “Hey, if you like Indiana Jones movies you’ll probably like this one,” they also seem to be listing elements of the movie that one shouldn’t like. I don’t need any reviewer to tell me what I shouldn’t like. And, I especially don’t need any of the filmmakers to tell me not to get my hopes up. I’m looking at you, Lucas.

I really feel that people are setting themselves up not to like this movie. Have we all really been that damaged by Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace.

I feel that there’s no need for me to go in with my guard up. My plan is to go along for the ride — a ride that I expect to be fun, regardless of what I have or have not heard.

I don’t want to ramble on too much more about the movie here — I want to save my opinions and thoughts for when I do post my review of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. So… I’ll sign off now.

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