When I was watching Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull I got the distinct feeling I was watching a ripoff of The Mummy Returns, which is kinda funny since the mummy franchise was a ripoff of the Indiana Jones franchise. The original Indiana Jones films had some pretty extended and outlandish action sequences, but the mummy franchise just multipled everything up. It seems this film used the same approach. I suppose it’s naive to think it can recapture the magic of the originals now I’m old and jaded. 🙂
The story was a little lacklustre, but that’s OK because not many people go to this type of film expecting much of a story. There are a couple of sequences I recognized from other films, but for the most part it is just a rehash of the previous films.
I thought it was a pretty fun film. If you can forgive the obvious failings, you’re going to have a really good time watching it.
As I walked out of the cinema I saw a massive display advertising the new film in the mummy franchise. I expect that will be one 3 hour long action sequence. 🙂