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23 May 2008 @ 10:17 pm
We named the dog Indiana!  
Today's been wacky - it's been all wintry all day, cool and windy with RAIN! And MrLiz had to go into work late and so we played hooky earlier and went to see Indiana Jones.


Oh, first, have a link! This is a great article on Karen Allen, talking about what she's been up to in the intervening years.

And now, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull:

First, let me get this out of the way. I have ALWAYS shipped Indy and Marion, before I even knew what it was to ship anybody (oh boy, did I hate Kate Capshaw's character). When I heard Karen Allen was coming back for this, all I was praying for was that it would be more than a cameo. I thought, if I was given that, I would be happy.


(I mean, sure, I could bitch that she wasn't in MORE - but hell, I'm glad for what I got, having expected a whole lot less)

Marion's back. Marion and Indy are back. It's Raiders Part II, twenty-ish years later. Except for a very sweet nod to both Denholm Elliott and Sean Connery (in the photos on Indy's desk), there's not much reference to either Temple of Doom or Last Crusade. But references to Raiders are pretty damn thick on the ground.

Is it silly? OF COURSE IT IS. If you're not in the mood for silly DO NOT GO. Really. If you're one of those people who will come out of the theater grumbling about how "Nobody could survive that fall' or "a car falling out of an airplane would kill everyone in it", it's not for you. There's not a whole lot visually you haven't seen before from the other Indy films (or the Mummy films, which are sort of its progeny): nobody flies, there's no fancy wirework, there's a bit too much CGI for its own good...

But if you want to see Harrison Ford looking, y'know, a lot better than I expected, Karen Allen reprising Marion, some kid with attitude (not as grating as I thought he might be), and Cate Blanchett doing her very best Baroness from GI Joe, running about in the Nevada desert and South America then, yeah, go.

It's great fun. (and it would crossover with Stargate SO WELL, OMG.)

And if you're another Marion/Indy shipper? YAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAY! run, do not walk.

There is nothing better than Marion's expression of pure GLEE. *loves*

Trailers seen:

The trailer for Hancock makes it look a lot better than the written descriptions made it sound. Will Smith turns everything to gold somehow.

Australia ... Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman, Baz Luhrmann - there's gonna be a kickass soundtrack, that's for sure.

Hellboy II... Guillermo del Toro is a strange and wonderful man. And he's doing the Hobbit next. I CANNOT WAIT TO SEE SMAUG. and if Orlando doesn't cameo in it, I'm going to cry just a little

Kung Fu Panda is just as dumb and silly as you think it'll be from the poster. But it made the whole theater laugh.

Speaking of funny, GROUNDHOGS. *giggles* (you'll get it when you see Indy)
graycardinalgraycardinal on May 24th, 2008 07:36 am (UTC)
Cate Blanchett doing her very best Baroness from GI Joe

Oh, dear Lord -- this is so true. Although technically she's doing the Baroness on a bad hair day, I think.

This is not, however, the scary thing.

The scary thing is that, if Blanchett's character is the Baroness, that means that somehow, some way, the Dead Spanish Conquistador Guy clearly has to be Destro. (Or possibly Destro's great great grandfather....)
mrsdrjackson: *glee*mrsdrjackson on May 27th, 2008 09:15 pm (UTC)
There is nothing better than Marion's expression of pure GLEE.

That is how I reacted to the Big Frakking Grin the first time we saw it. lol I absolutely loved that they brought Marion back though I agree that they could have done more with her.

SMAUG OMG I *hate* waaaaaaaaiting.
And there must be Orlando.
lizardbeth: Will Captainlizardbeth_j on May 28th, 2008 07:47 pm (UTC)
yeah, re, Marion, I wish she could've done more. But at the same time, I can see from a script standpoint they couldn't give her too much. I mean it's been something like ten years since she's acted at all; kinda risky to put too many eggs in a rusty basket (to mangle a metaphor...) But at least she got to do some stuff, and I like that she went on with her life in the intervening years. She knew where he was, clearly (even if he didn't seek her out - and boy, did that smack of willful blindness or what, not to even know that she'd gotten married?) and she didn't try to 'make him do the right thing' because she had more pride than that.

Anyway, not to get sidetracked, but yay Marion! :)

For the Hobbit, I HOPE and pray that the script includes Legolas in it someplace. I mean it makes SO much sense - at least leave him behind in charge at the elf-home while his father goes off to Lake-town and the Battle of the Five Armies (though, if he were to go with the army, I certainly wouldn't object. And Orlando has a whole lot more experience playing warrior leaders now, than he did back then.) It's not purely canon he was there (not having been created yet), but I doubt they can hew to canon as closely as LotR anyway, especially if the Hobbit 2 is going to be about the years in between, as has been speculated.

Of course, that's presuming Orlando would do it, and I know he's said repeatedly he's sick of the whole fantasy-period costume thing. But if Jackson asks him, maybe he will...? I hope. *crosses fingers and toes*
mrsdrjackson: *glee*mrsdrjackson on May 30th, 2008 01:39 pm (UTC)
TEN years? o_O I had not realized that.
I loved that she got to have a life, got to evolve as a person and even had a lasting relationship with someone else. While Indy continued to do the same thing over and over and over...maybe now that he has decided to stick around Marion can change that for him. :D

While the book doesn't say "hey look, there goes Legolas" you could indeed put him in there for a cameo or two and most of fandom wouldn't object. I bet Orlando would agree to a *short* cameo...anything more would probably hit the squick button. I would love to see him in charge of something in the army though. *sigh* And then there is always Hobbit 2! *g*