Just back from the 12:01 show at the Court Square Cinemas in Brooklyn.
In 1957, Indy is kidnapped and forced to lead the Russians to a crystal skull and a legendary city of gold. He escapes with the help of motorcycle-riding Mutt Williams (Shia LaBeouf) who has ties to Indy's professor friend Harold Oxley (John Hurt), himself driven mad by exposure to the skull.
When Indy and Mutt find Oxley, they also find Marion Ravenwood. Unfortunately both Ox and Marion have been captured by the Russians. A series of chases and narrow escapes ensues.
I was concerned I would compare every aspect of this movie to the previous three. I had read headlines calling it "charmless" and "a mess." There was a lot of action, some of it scattered, but also enough charm and homage to the series that I sat back and enjoyed Skull as a bonus for Indy fans.
My favorite exchange:
Indy, Marion, and Mutt argue while riding in a Russian truck.
There must have been women after me.
There were a few, but they all had the same problem.
What was that?
They weren't you, honey.
MUTT rolls his eyes.
MARION smiles, smitten.