Monday, 2 June 2008
HOT: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Electric Cinema, 191 Portobello Rd, Notting Hill W11 2ED
As Michael said, Indy 4 was never going to be a critical success. Frankly I think the only factors pushing it over to the edge of HOT was nostalgia and Cate Blanchett's perfectly cast cheekbones as the evil Russian chasing the 65 year old Harrison Ford across South America. The usual Indy set pieces were wheeled out: swarms of man-eating beetles; a snake gag; feisty love interest; improbable timelines (Peru to Iguazu Falls to Chicken Itza in the same scene); and extended car chases involving fistfights in moving vehicles. Harmless fun but I really hope they don't milk out an Indy 5 - although I'm assuming it's inevitable now that Indy has a long-lost son.