Rating: 3 stars
We can all agree that sequels made several years after the fact are generally duds. For proof, look no farther than The Godfather 3, The Two Jakes, and the recent crop of Star Wars prequels. (For the record, there are also horrible, delayed sequels to Terms of Endearment and The Last Picture Show—doesn’t anyone in Hollywood know how to leave a brilliant moment alone?).
So I had reason to be skeptical about Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Not only has it been 19 years since the last Indiana Jones flick (The Last Crusade—so much for truth in advertising) but in the interim, star Harrison Ford has lost touch with his inner Indy.
When did Ford, an actor known for being roguishly cavalier, become such a sourpuss? I can’t pinpoint it exactly (although I suspect that neither he, nor I, have fully recovered from Regarding Henry) but his recent work has been rather brittle and joyless. Just by putting on a fedora and brandishing a whip, was he magically going to regain his...