Saturday, November 08, 2008

Pop Culture Roundup

We watched Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull this week, which was...meh.  Maybe it's just because I grew up on the first three and this one is so far removed from them, but there was a certain quality about it that didn't resonate with me.  The movie is set 20 years after the last one, so Jones is now battling Soviet communists instead of Nazis.  Marian is back from the first movie, as is Shia LaBeauf trying his best to look tough in a leather jacket as Indy's son.  The plot revolves around the crystal skulls that have been discovered in South America, which the film ties to aliens.  Yeah...aliens.  The religious themes from the previous movies give way to aliens.  There was just a lot here that wasn't working for me.  Most of it probably has to do with nostalgia, but this film just didn't have the same zip that the others did.

We also watched Get Smart this week, featuring Steve Carell as Maxwell Smart.  There are nods to the TV show (such as inclusion of the original cars and cameos by original cast members), but this is really its own movie.  For instance, we're introduced to other agents such as Agent 23 (Dwayne Johnson without makeup on his tattoos).  They need to foil a plot by original show villain Siegfried, who wants to blow up the president during a symphony.  Carell brings his Carell-ness to the role...even when I'd first discovered when they were making a movie adaptation with him as the star, I said, "of course."  Good, fun movie.

My song of the moment is "No Handlebars" by Flobots:



Around the web, check out some reflections by Jan about true community in church life.

4 comments:

monica said...

"Handlebars," huh?

You need to check out the entire album. It's awesome. "Rise" is an EXCELLENT song.

hewitt said...

I agree on "Rise," but I still prefer "Stand Up" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43ipHRTkvWM)

Unfortunately, The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was the first Indiana Jones movie I saw. Makes it kinda hard to give the others a chance.

Coffeepastor said...

Oh Hewitt, you gotta give the others a chance. Start with Raiders, then Temple, then Last Crusade.

Temple might make you wonder whether you want to keep going, but I encourage you to stick with it. There's just a much different feel to it than the other two.

I'd encourage anyone not to judge the whole series by Crystal Skull. It'd be like judging the original Star Wars movies by Phantom Menace.

Rev Scott said...

Yes, Hewitt - the first three are all great movies, especially the first.

I, too, was "meh" over Indy 4. And I can't figure out why everyone was so gaga over Cate Blanchett as the villian - she seemed completely cartoonish to me, as if Boris and Natasha Badinov from Rocky & Bullwinkle got rolled into one ubervillain for the movie.