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Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull: Underrated?

It's been 10 years since Dr. Jones donned the fedora...

Last night, after seeing Solo: A Star Wars Story, I was flipping through my Twitter feed and found:

Now, I’m on record saying, “I saw Kingdom about eight times in the theater, and love a whole lot of what was done in the film.”

I am often alone in those sentiments, but — thanks to SFX Magazine’s tweet — not today.

Earlier this year, Jamie Graham of Games Radar asked, “Is it just me, or is Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull underrated?

[B]efore you slate The Crystal Skull, consider the following: 1) Temple of Doom and The Last Crusade are also far from perfect; 2) it’s a lot better than imitations like National Treasure, Sahara, and The Da Vinci Code; and 3) it’s no Star Wars prequel. Or is it just me?

To number three, the MSW writer in me says, “Ahem…”

But to the other two items we nod in agreement, and add this passage from the piece:

[T]here are standout sequences (the opening drag race, Indy running into the Spielbergian housing tract full of mannequins, the extended fight between hurtling jeeps), and I, for one, have no real issue with the macguffin… Indy’s always been a love letter to old movies, and this is him in the age of sci-fi B-pictures.

Agreed. But what do you think?

Obviously, we’re in a Star Wars moment here in Lucasfilm land. But on the 10-year anniversary of the Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, it bears re-watching a 2017 interview with Ford regarding Indy V.


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John Bishop

A graduate of Boston and Northeastern universities, John Bishop become the beat reporter for prior to the B’s 2006-07 hockey season. While with the Bruins, “Bish” traveled North America and Europe to cover the Black & Gold’s every move via laptop, blog, and smart phone. The co-author of two books, Bygone Boston and Full 60 to History: The Inside Story of the 2011 Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins, John covered the XXI Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver in 2010 and the B’s 2011 championship run and banner raising before taking a faculty/communications position at a prep school outside Boston in 2013. His byline has appeared in The Hartford Courant, BU Bridge, The New England Hockey Journal,, and the New England Press Association Bulletin, as well as various TD Garden, Boston Bruins, Boston University, and Northeastern University athletic publications. He lives with his wife Andrea and sons Jack, Scott, and Luke in central Massachusetts.

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