Fascinating in how much clarity it brings to the tug of war between Indy's creators, and a showcase in how far Spielberg's grown in sophistication—drawing literary allusions to everything from Treasure Island to King Solomon's Mines. We have a relic that works as an emblem for Indiana Jones himself—an ancient, out-of-this-world artifact that must be reunited with its brethren for its true power to be actualized.
One of the most disappointing cinema experiences I can remember. And I saw it on my Birthday! Why cast Shia Leboef? Why start the film with a pointless CGI gofer? Why the aliens? The script is a mess and the set pieces are dull. Tragic miss-step from Spielberg.
Ok, it's not quite as bad as I remember. There's enough real Indy moments in there, but the CG fuckery is truly what kills it. Ignoring the monkey's, just look at the CG lighting in the chase that is going on through the jungle; it's is so unreal there is no feeling of real danger. Our brains know it's CG nonsense so we don't care. Compare that to the truck chase in Raiders. Simple and effective. D, can do better.