Without offering spoilers for those still yet to see this “film”, this is certain not the film Indiana Jones fans were expecting. The anticipation built up over the past 17 odd years (since Indiana Jones and the last crusade) awaiting a fourth installment for the franchise saw the rejection of the praised and hailed Frank Darabont script and another tremendously dire script from the king of disastrous popcorn dialogue, George Lucas.
For those who grew up with and followed the Indiana Jones franchise and are/were expecting more of the same prepare for disappointment. With flash over substance, bland dialogue, an overly science fiction storyline, too much emphasis on CGI and cute furry computer generated animals this film is an Indiana Jones movie in name only. Much of the story revolves around an obvious plot device which is, as I stated obvious from the entrance of Shia LaBeouf’s character (without wanting to spoil the story, I sure most are already aware of what I’m referring to). Sadly a stellar cast merely trend around an abortion of a script simply waiting to get paid for their efforts, and none will hold their heads up proudly as profound cinematic moments in (some cases) decade spanning careers. Karen Allen returning as Marion Ravenwood is nothing but a background filler to offer a scream once in a while and some badly hashed lines before scurrying back into a usually static background of other actors awaiting their lines. The same can be said of many of this cast, with perhaps Ray Winstone being the exclusion as his character seems to be the only one developed if at all.
In all honesty I left the cinema disappointed, which forced me to don a fedora and whip to scour the internet for the long lost archeological relic known as the Darabont script.