SocraticGadfly: Indiana Jones fake skulls can’t hide bad movie

May 19, 2008

Indiana Jones fake skulls can’t hide bad movie

A few weeks ago, I blogged about how the real-life crystal skulls in the aptly “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” are all 19th-century fakes.

Well, many reviewers are saying the movie itself is 21st-century special-effects fake.

It doesn’t surprise me. When I read the review, as a Star Trek fan, I thought back to ST:TMP vs. the TV show. There, it wasn’t quite 19 years that had passed, but it was a full decade from TV to the first movie, and the jump in technology from small screen to big screen. And ST:TMP was roundly criticized by Trek loyalists as a special-effects movie.

Between overloading special effects, not developing relationships, and having a sappy ending, it wasn’t highly popular at Cannes, either.

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