Posted on Thursday, February 14th, 2008 by Peter Sciretta
Paramount/Dreamworks have just released the official teaser movie trailer for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
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My first impression is that it feels like Temple of Doom and not a next generation action movie (ala Michael Bay). Even with the super unrealistic jump from the car crash explosion in the Lost Ark warehouse (almost Live Free or Die-ish), the film still maintains this classic feeling. There is some use of computer generated effects, but done with a nice blend into the practical effects. Most of my concerns were quashed while viewing this teaser. Strangely, I find myself wondering if Cate Blanchett fits in this film. She looks so weirdly out of place. Shia LaBeouf is very much underplayed in this teaser, but from the few quick appearances he makes, it seems to be without good reason. I’m still a little worried about the story, especially the alien stuff. At first glance it and some of the jokes seem like they don’t fit with the rest of the trilogy. I compared the feeling to Live Free or Die Hard. Don’t get me wrong, I actually really lovedÂ Live Free or Die Hard, but at the same time, it sometimes seemed like a parody of itself, and the story didn’t quite fit with the other films in the series.
Tell me what you think in the comments below!
Slight Spoiler: It’s worth noting that if you look closely at the moment 25 seconds before the end of the trailer where Cate Blanchett’s character drops her glasses, a huge spoiler is revealed/confirmed. Yes, a government facility is Roswell, NM which is highly classified. Area 51 maybe? This further confirms the Alien Crystal Skull storyline.
You can also watch the new teaser trailer in High Definition on Yahoo! Movies. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull hits theaters on May 22nd 2008.