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Indy and Caspian

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Last weekend Jake and I went to see Prince Caspian. It was good, probably needs the first one to know what’s going on a bit too much. Lewis is probably rolling over in his grave over Susan fighting. Susan in Caspian was (though a cute girl) like Legolas in The Two Towers… except not as girly as Legolas was. Saw it on a digital projection and it looked great. Overall very pleased with it.

I just got back from seeing the midnight Indiana Jones showing with Jake and one of his friends. The boys both loved it. I enjoyed it, and it’s pretty good. I’m wondering, not for the first time, how much George Lucas really owes to Harrison Ford for his career. Even at ninety-eight Harrison can still carry a picture with just his smirk and gravitas. Not sure Indy or SW would’ve been anywhere NEAR the hits they were without him… pretty sure they wouldn’t have been.

I had a little trouble buying Shia in his role, but by the end I think I’d finally suspended most of my disbelief in him. The big “problems” for me where special effect related: the groundhogs were totally unnecessary; the monkeys and vine swinging thing was spectacularly silly, the whole jungle “chase” (including the sword fight) seemed a little contrived from on of the Brosnan Bond movies intros; the ants thing was expectedly nasty, but also somewhat… goofy for lack of a better word. Not that Indy has avoided silly in the past, just that some of this seemed over the top-er.

There was a nice nod to Star Wars (”I’ve got a bad feeling about this”), and the intro was sort of an American Graffiti throwback. The political climate (Red scare in the 50s) was done fairly well (and a bit of the expected “dig” at current politics). The whole “aliens” thing seemed less interesting plot device than the previous three with their cultural/religious grounding (though this was wrapped in that guise it felt more like a made up mythology).

When it was all done I couldn’t help thinking of Steven King’s Dark Tower series and how he tried to tie in all of his works together and it was almost like they were trying to tie the Lucas and Spielberg catalogs all together.

So, both Caspian and Indy were good, probably not great cinema, but enjoyable movies.

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May 22nd, 2008 at 2:08 am

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  1. Oh, and the whole thing with Indy’s buddy that was almost the exact same thing as the girl in The Last Crusade (without the romance obviously)… lots of nitpicks I have, though I DID enjoy it.

    cpillsbury

    22 May 08 at 7:45 pm

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