Let’s get this out the way.
It’s good film. It’s an Indy movie. Go and see it.
I had mixed feelings as the opening titles began. It’s hard to get away from the fact that the Indy I remember I watched as a boy. I wasn’t sure it was going to translate into a new feature.
Sure there are some rough patches. I didn’t get into the film until the scenes at the college. THEN it seemed like Indy to me. Before it was a bit forced. Or I was too cynical?
Anyway, keeping the review as spoiler free as possible, the story had me thinking of Indy meets Quatermass (with a hint of the X-Files thrown in for good measure).
The film was hampered by Cate Blanchett whose accent was all over the place and the at times overly comic book feel the movie seems to have adopted.
Ford is well weathered and can still pass it off, despite his age, and had some able support from Karen Allen, returning as Marion Ravenwood, Shia LaBeouf as “Mutt”, John Hurt who wasn’t given much to do as Prof Oxley and Ray Winstone as Mac.
There are some moments I thought “come one, give me a break”, you’ll know when you get to them, but generally it delivered the adventure-laden goodness I was after.
Was it the best of the four? Not by a long shot. But it’s not “Phantom Menace bad” either.