Posted on Friday, December 23rd, 2011 by Russ Fischer
Find a barrel. Fill with water, drop in fish. Then point shotgun and shoot. That’s the general process of taking down the fourth Indiana Jones movie, but that’s not going to stop Red Letter Media, which has already served up feature-length review/deconstructions of the Star Wars prequels. And despite the fact that these four films are four of the easiest smackdown targets in mainstream cinema, there are still some smart observations to be made about Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. If you’ve got an hour to kill, check out the review below.
As in the Star Wars reviews, there’s an aspect to the Harry Pinkett review personality that is dumb and distracting. This time it does pretty far — if you don’t want to sit through a really awful joke (I think it’s a joke?) about jerking off to Olsen twins movies, then skip the first six minutes of part one. You won’t miss any interesting dissection of the film, and you won’t want to wash your eyes.
Given that the review makes a great many comments about things feeling forced in Indy 4, I’m a little surprised the dumb sexual deviant/serial killer schtick has really gone this far. I’d like to think this is attempt at reinforcing criticisms of Indy 4 as being an over-worked movie, but I don’t really believe that.
Anyway. As in the Star Wars reviews there is a lot of good, simple analysis here, and most of it makes sense outside the general outcry of “the movie sucked!” You’ll even find a defense of Shia LaBeouf, which is a stand most people aren’t going to take.
These embeds have been a bit wonky, so if they don’t work properly at the moment, hit Red Letter Media for parts one and two.