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'Indiana Jones' Cannes Reviews - A Winner?

Over the weekend, critics at the ongoing Cannes Film Festival got a first look at the surefire summer blockbuster, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, the 4th installment of the series, directed by Mr Spielberg himself, and co-written by George Lucas, scheduled to hit theatres this Friday; and now early reviews from those critics who attended the Cannes screening are in. Overall, they are mostly positive, as expected. From all I read, the consensus seems to be that despite a few minor "defects," there's more than enough in the film to thrill the average popcorn muncher!

Here’s are some reviews I've read thus far, courtesy of the Wall Street Journal:

Time magazine: “smart, robust, familiar.”
Time
USA Today: “Even with the ponderous dialogue, it’s hard not to have fun on this adventure, and it’s good to see that Indy, though slightly weary, still has the goods.”
USA Today
Entertainment Weekly says Harrison Ford is “terrific — and re-energized” but adds that the film “threatens at times to crumble under the weight of all the impersonal zigging and zagging loaded on for the sake of special effects.”
Entertainment Weekly
Reuters: “Charmless.”
Reuters
New York Post: “On a satisfaction scale, it lands squarely between ‘The Temple of Doom,’ and ‘The Last Crusade.’ ”
NY Post
Los Angeles Times: “It avoids being an anticlimax and is entertaining in its own right.”
LA Times

I plan to be there on Friday night with my $12, and will share my thoughts over the weekend!


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3 comments:

  1. UK Black Chick aka Wendy said...
     

    I'm unlikely to watch it (I vaguely remember being dragged to see Indy I back in the day on a fun day out and I haven't seen any of the subseuqent sequels) but I'm sure it'll press all the right buttons for fans old and new.

    I saw him being interviewed at Cannes - on TV, I wasn't at Cannes :( - and it seems he got away with doing his own stunts without getting hurt even once. Must say, for his age (he'll be 66 this July), dude looked extremely fit.

  2. The Obenson Report said...
     

    I'll be seeing it this weekend with some REAL fans of the series (I'm not). I figured their excitement might rub off on me. But the buzz over here is intense! I'm sure it'll come close to breaking box office records by the end of the 3-day weekend.

  3. Mike said...
     

    very good film

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