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Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
2008 Directed by : Steven Spielberg.

Indiana Jones comes crashing back into action when shadowy Russian's attempt to find the mythical Crystal Skull and harness its' powers to use them against America.

Well, its been a long time coming, but eventually, the fourth Indiana Jones film has arrived.
To be honest, I have to say that I liked it rather than loved it, to use a metaphor, the film is a bit like Indiana's hat, it's comfortable, but old and a little threadbare.
The fourth film doesn't have the same appeal as Raiders or the Last Crusade, but fits in slightly ahead of Temple of Doom, still enjoyable, but will it stand the test of time as well as the others?

Unlike Lucas' Star Wars prequels, Spielberg ( and Lucas if you're being pedantic ) stick pretty much to the old formula that had served them so well previously, there is nothing really fresh and new here, but at the same time the film never feels dull or uninteresting.
There are many nods to the previous films, some good, others not so. Shia LeBeouf adds a bit of youth and vigour to the proceedings, indeed he is one of the few new characters that is given ample screentime or anything worthwhile to do.
It's all here, chase sequences, action, adventure, romance, everything you've come to expect, there isn't really any breaking of new ground, in fact, personally I would have liked the CIA interest in Indiana taken further, seemed a slight waste to hint at their involvement without any real payoff, that and the fact that I didn't really feel Kate Blanchett's character was particularly evil or menacing as other villans have been in the series.

Its been a long wait, and it still delivers, but not quite as much as I had hoped for, perhaps like Indy himself, it's time to hang up the hat on this particular franchise.

Rating 3/5 Good, but not great.