TITLE:Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
DIRECTED BY: Steven Spielberg
STARS: Harrison Ford, Cate Blanchett, Shia LeBouf, Ray Winstone, Karen Allen
WHAT IT'S ABOUT
It's a small, intimate, art-house film about feelings and regret ... oh, no; sorry: It's the return of one of the best-loved action-adventure franchises of all time, with Harrison Ford back as archaeologist Indiana Jones, dragooned into the hunt for a famed artifact of power by Cate Blanchett's raven-haired Russian agent Irina Spalko. Along for the ride are Shia LaBeouf, Ray Winstone and Karen Allen, and every trailer and advance piece suggests the fights, chases, insanely complex ancient deathtraps, globe-trotting international intrigue and narrow escapes we've come to love are all in the mix.
WHY WE'RE EXCITED ABOUT IT
To paraphrase Sir Walter Scott, breathes there the person with soul so dead that their heart doesn't beat just a little faster at the sound of John Williams' classic theme? Yes, Ford is older -- and, really, aren't we all? Some early mutterings have suggested that "the kids" aren't enjoying Crystal Skull; when you consider that "the kids' made Transformers and 300 box-office smashes, that seems more like a hearty endorsement than dire warning. Minority Report demonstrated that Spielberg's still got terrific action chops, and while a certain sense of nostalgia's certainly involved for many, there are fairly solid odds that Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull might actually be good, too.