My Old Friend, Indiana Jones

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Patsy and I saw Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull last night. I'm a big fan of Indiana Jones and the wife basically indulged me by going with me on a week night. For once, I think I totally agree with Roger Ebert on some things. One thing he says about this franchise and his love of pulp fiction expresses my feelings on the matter precisely. He says, "What I want is goofy action--lots of it.". Bingo. I'm not going to engage in spoilers here. I didn't read any review in its entirety before I saw it for myself. Some critics are obsessed with "freshness" and I was a little worried about what I might read from them beforehand. This was a movie where I was hoping to get exactly what I expected: "Goofy action". My worries were unfounded. The four or five reviews I've read this morning were mostly fair with it. Some liked it more than others. The "freshness" freaks, like Manohla Dargis of the New York Times, didn't like it as much but that was no surprise. Patsy and I liked it a lot but see it for yourself.

103 days until football season ...

Quote of the Day
I can say that if you liked the other Indiana Jones movies, you will like this one, and that if you did not, there is no talking to you.
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun Times

Blog of the day here.

Quote from said blog: "If I paint a negative picture, itís because you always enjoy a film more if you go in with fewer expectations - let your hopes be dashed to desperation, purchase your movie ticket and come out with a smile better than you could ever have expected."

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I'm assuming then that you got the "goofy action" you wanted then.

That's what I'm after as well. I don't need absolute freshness ... if I did I wouldn't have watched the first one as many times as I have over the years.

I've only ever seen the first one. I think that makes me some kind of mutant. Beyond it, which one did you like best?

Yes, it has lots of goofy action, Delmer. It also has some funny moments.

Raiders of the Lost Ark is my favorite movie of all time, Susan. I've seen it start-to-finish 30-40 times and bits & pieces probably go into the hundreds (If I land on it while channel-surfing, I tend to stop surfing). They're all fun, though. I recommend you treat yourself to an afternoon and watch the first three in order. Make sure you have lots of popcorn.

Was Raiders of the Lost Ark the first one? If it was, I saw it. That's the only one I saw and Daddy was cautioning me throughout of what would be happening next and what it meant. I don't know why he had already seen it. Maybe he took the children and then thought I should see it as well? I'm glad you were pleased with this new one. Our newspaper gave it two stars -- not so good, in other words.

Yes, Raiders was the first. I think Crystal Skull would have fared better with critics had it not had such high expectations going in. That said, I've read some lukewarm reviews, a few warm reviews, and a fairly high praise review from Time Magazine. I haven't read an outright hateful one and won't now. I need not read another thing about it. We were pleased with it, thought it was a fun night out and well worth the $34 for two tickets, two large soft drinks, and a large popcorn, and it's too late to steer us away from it, anyway ... as if.

Glad to hear this. I've been nervous about watching it, myself, as I suspect the extraterrestrial aspect may ruin it for me. I'll have to break down & give it a shot.
(BTW, I agree with you about Raiders of the Lost Ark. Best of the best!)

The boys and I saw the new Indiana Jones on Sunday. It was everything I wanted it to be (mostly).

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