Indiana Jones 4 -An adventurous Travelogue!
17 years ago, the third movie in the Indiana Jones series was released. Ever since then nobody has seen Mr.Jones or his comrades except in the American television series, The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles which was broadcasted from 1992 to 1993. Now, this summer, Steven Spielbergh comes forward with the fourth installment of the Indiana Jones series, baptised “Kingdom of the crystal skull” with the same old Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones. Though the bottle is old, the vintage wine is fresh and lip smacking. Like any other Indiana Jones film, this one rocks and rollicks but with a change. This time the man with the hat brings his son home in a 1957 adventure. Steven Spielbergh has once again successfully visualised the ‘Indiana Jones sensibility’. In a time when the Nostalgia for Professor Jones is almost dead, he comes back and proves that he has become a name in the fictional world and time can’t rot him out. Commendations to Steven Spielbergh for his decent family entertainer
The plot unleashes nothing different from its predecessors when Colonel Irina Spalko (Cate Blanchett) breaks into hangar 31 a military base in Nevada, where she press-gangs Professor Jones(Harrison Ford) to lead them to a box containing the remains of an alien which landed ten years ago in Roswell, Mexico. Though Indy’s partner George “Mac” McHale (Ray Winstone) betrays him by being a Soviet agent, he manages to escape. After a short while, when he is seen teaching in the university, he is forced to go on leave since he is under the surveillance of the FBI for his friend Mac is a traitor. When Jones is about to leave a young man named Mutt Williams(Shia LaBeouf) bumps into him and makes him aware that, Harold Oxley (John Hurt) an old friend of Jones has disappeared as soon as he found a crystal skull in Peru. As usual Indy and Mutt go on a mission to Peru to look for Professor Oxley and there the duo visit a lunatic asylum where he was locked up before being kidnapped by the Russians. But his empty room provides Jones with a bagfull of clues, which lead him to his next big adventure. Want to join him? Follow his skull closely!
Another clean, neat and witty Indiana Jones adventure not only for ultra-conservative Indiana Jones fans but for the whole movie going lot. The movie gratifies the rules of the old Indiana Jones black book as well as the expectaions of the present audience. Harrison Ford has once agained Donned his favorite role to the maximum extent. The 21 year old Los Angeles star Shia Labeouf has worn the motley of Mutt Williams well and poses out as a smart, innocent and vibrant youth. Since most of the plot involves Ford and LaBeouf, other characters have very little to do. Beginning from the cast to class, everything aptly fits into the story.
Normally Indiana Jones series is filled with Colonial and racial ideas such as ‘the white men are the ones who shoulder the responsibilty of civilising the so called barbarians’ ,this movie is also not spared. If one does a Post colonial analysis of his films, Spielbergh may pose out as a crafty villain, suppressing the sentiments of other races, very similar to Shakespeare’s Prospero. Though he might take a French leave by arguing that the controversial elements are his characters’ and not his own, still he can be put to task with references from his films. In the second place, Logic which was a missing man in the previous Indiana Jones films is missing in this one too. However, based on the factor “willing suspension of disbelief” this movie falls into the fantasy category and cleverly justifies the murdering of logic.
At the end of the day, Spielbergh has successfully come out with his fourth Indiana Jones movie. Though John Williams‘ music is not hi-fi it gently sways across this story, which takes place in the late 1950s. Janusz’s cinematography and Michael Kahn‘s editing work offers this film the required momentum.So ultimately, Indiana jones says “Collisions, clues, adventure, mysteries and chivalry make me a complete ‘man’ forever!”