The Reviews Are In, Indiana Jones is Back, Baby!

Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones

This morning I awoke to the usual routine, a quick trip to the bathroom and then right back to bed. Hours later, I awoke under the afternoon sun, with the knowledge that my Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull screening was mere hours minutes away. And in my scramble to get out the door and to the screening on time, I stole a few moments to rustle through my RSS reader — and with the knowledge that the critics at Cannes had seen the film hours prior, I was intent on getting an overall feeling for the film before I was able to see it for myself.

And perhaps that was a good thing, because as I left the house I was stricken with feelings of sadness, I was downtrodden to say the least. Many of the critics at Cannes were blowing pomposity at the film, calling out its flaws and saying that this was not the experience that fans are expecting.

Two hours later, I was giddy like a little kid — excited about the thoroughly entertaining experience that was the most recent Indiana Jones adventure and even more excited about the fact that unlike the critics who are panning the film, I can still enjoy a fun film, despite it’s flaws.

But that’s enough about me. My full review will be up in a few days, as part of our Official Guide to Indiana Jones. This little ditty is about what everyone else around the web is saying about good ole’ Indy. With that in mind, lets have a look at the reactions to the film that has all the fanboys (and fangirls) buzzing:

Quint over at Ain’t It Cool seems to nail it in his review, Indy 4 is flawed, but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t a wonderful experience:

“KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL is very much an Indiana Jones movie and it’s a really hard movie to dislike. Everybody is having a ton of fun and it is really infectious. The film has its weaknesses, though.”

Josh Tyler at Cinema Blend also sees some misfires, but admits that the star is still there in Harrison Ford:

“He may be more grumpy and he may not be much of a dresser, but the glimmer hasn’t entirely gone out of Harrison’s eyes.”

Former SXSW Chief Matt Dentler also chimes in on his blog, saying that even though there are parts of the film that are implausable (namely a scene involving a big bomb and a fridge), it doesn’t detract from the fun:

“…this introduction wraps up in a spectacle of fantastic implausibility. You can’t go into this movie expecting anything but. This is the ride you paid for, and by god, I’m happy this ride exists.”

EW’s Lisa Schwarzbaum also posted a reaction over on the PopWatch Blog. And though I get the feeling her full review might not be too shiny, I also get the feeling that she still had some fun thanks to the film’s leading men:

“Harrison Ford? Terrific — and re-energized after too many recent action roles he has appeared to sourly resent. This older, creakier (but still spry) adventure hero wears his worldly wryness with even greater earned authority. Shia LaBeouf? Inspired, channeling one-half James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause, the other half Spielbergian Everyson.”

And finally, last but certainly not least, is fanboy extraordinaire Harry Knowles, who absolutely gushes over the film. Could it be overcompensation, since he has been taking some heat in the past week for posting the first negative review? Nah, the guy is just hard-up for Dr. Jones, that’s all:

“INDIANA JONES & THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL is our childhood dreams captured at 24 frames a second and projected for us to relive laughing, clapping, gasping and shouting enthusiastically for.”

Now, you may be wondering — but where are the reviews from all of my favorite Rejects? When will Kevin Carr weigh in on this film? Alright, maybe you weren’t wondering that… But either way, you should expect the first of our reviews to drop tomorrow. We have plans to bring you reviews from Kevin Carr, Kevin Kelly, myself and Nathan Deen each day throughout the week, all as part of our full week of Indiana Jones coverage.

Speaking of which, click the little button below and check out our fancy Indiana Jones guide:

Neil Miller is the Founder and Publisher of Film School Rejects. For almost a decade, he has been talking movies on television, the radio, and the Internet. As of yet, no one has stopped him.

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