Friday, May 23, 2008

Indiana Jones: Bored Out Of My Skull

The good news yesterday was that a friend had free tickets to a special screening of the new Indiana Jones movie and his wife couldn't go. But I could. The bad news was that Indy's latest adventure is one of the most mindnumbingly boring movies I've ever seen. And that's saying a lot because I've seen the original version of Solaris. (Here.)

The first 10 to 15 minutes of Indiana Jones did not bode well, what with the strangely artificial-looking cinematography, bad accents, stupid and stupid-looking bad guys, awful dialogue, ham acting, and some really obvious continuity errors. Indy and his partner are captives, surrounded by Soviet spies and with each change in camera shot, the partner's arms go from up in surrender, to down, to up, to down, to up, to down. It's a very amateurish error and it's right there in the beginning of the movie.

The rest of the movie is more professionally done but it remains boring, boring, boring. It's so boring, I can't bear to relate what happens. Suffice to say, the plot is threadbare, the ideas are nonsensical, the action is absurd, and worst of all, the talents of several really good actors are wasted --- Cate Blanchett, John Hurt, Jim Broadbent, Ray Winstone. At least admission was free, as well as the pizza, popcorn, and drinks. Plus, the hat is cool.


Republished once for editing.


Well, I got to wonder about Solaris. I've heard that it was drastically cut from the original running time and what we saw was a shadow of the original.

But, in all honesty, I never like the novel. If it is because the novel I read was bad or because it was translated from the original language to French and then to English and also abridged at least once in the process...don't know.
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