Sunday, May 18, 2008

Where There's A Whip, There's A Way: Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skill

Today's post is for two friends at Lucasfilm who are watching the staff premier of the new Indiana Jones film at Skywalker Ranch just as I post this. I hate you both :-)

Thus far, reviews are good. The BBC says that:

All the classic ingredients are thrown into the mix - murky temples with devilish contraptions, ancient pictographs scrawled on walls, and horrible creepy-crawlies scurrying over the imperilled heroine.

Director Steven Spielberg has largely jettisoned computer generated effects (much to the chagrin of tech freak Lucas) with the result that the film's action sequences have a visceral, physical quality you rarely find in modern-day blockbusters.

An extended sequence with Shia LaBeouf and Cate Blanchett careering through the rainforest, swordfighting astride two army vehicles is a pure adrenalin rush.

Cate Blanchett and Harrison Ford
Cate Blanchett plays a Russian baddie
As ever, Spielberg brings both humour and visual flair to sequences where other films are happy to provide mere spectacle.
Click here to see video interviews with Stephen Speilberg, Cate Blanchett and Harrison Ford.



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