Next on the blockbuster list is the new Indiana Jones movie. I liked it, I think. It hit all the points you expect from an Indiana Jones movie – snakes, bugs, danger (but without any real suspense because no one good dies in the Indiana Jones movies), cool action sequences, and stereotypical baddies (the Russians have taken that role from the Nazis here). Although Harrison Ford is starting to look his age, he still has Indy’s roguish charm down pat. I was worried that Shia LeBoeuf would be annoying, but strangely, he was rather likeable. Cate Blanchett was awesome (despite the vague moose-and-squirrel overtones of her accent – but that’s what you expect from a cartoon villain, really, I suppose). It was nice to have Karen Allen back (I always liked her better than Kate Capshaw and Elsa doesn’t count because you can’t very well say ‘Yeah, I liked the third movie, but I wish Indy had ended up with the girl Nazi’).
Overall, it was a fun, mindless summer movie, but I’m not sure the Indiana trilogy needed to become a saga. And because of a major plot point (which I won’t go into detail about here in case anybody still hasn’t seen it yet) it felt more like a piece of Indiana Jones AU fanfiction – as though somebody wanted to turn Chariots of the Gods into an action movie and decided to use the Indy franchise to do it because no one would go see it otherwise. (Don’t click on that link there if you don’t want to know what I’m talking about.)
Summer blockbuster tally = 1-1-0