The story was too simple while the plot was convoluted. The action/adventure - what makes these movies fun - feels shoehorned in next to the family elements. Inorganic and a move away from the heart and soul that made the original three pretty great. That being said, I quite enjoyed Shia LaBeouf...
Nostalgic return. I remember being halfway happy and halfway annoyed as Spielberg resort to "cheap CGI" for this one and lousy comedic supporting characters. I like the story but they should have just done a film of the adventure game "Fate of Atlantis" instead as the film rips much of the story anyhow even having a psychic supporting character. Lovely to see Karen Allen back though but Connery should have returned.
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.