Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull may have some new wrinkles — new enemies (Soviets, not Nazis), and new sidekicks — Shia LaBeouf and Ray Winstone.
But this sequel traffics heavily in nostalgia: Indy reconnects with Marion Ravenwood, Indy in search of another magical talisman (a crystal skull), cobweb covered temples, revisiting his old Peruvian and college stomping grounds.
In order for the action film to work, it had to be as two-fisted as the earlier Indys, no matter that Harrison Ford is now 65. There still has to be plenty of crack to that bullwhip.
So if the fights in Crystal Skull give you flashbacks, that's certainly by design. The "Duel on the Duck" and the "Assault among the Ants" are just new versions of the glorious punch-out/chases of the earlier films. Mr. Henry " Indiana" Jones has been in some rumbles in his day. The Bar Bust-up in Nepal Raiders of the Lost ArkIt's when movie-goers first met and took a tumble for spunky, hard-drinking, punch-tossing Marion Ravenwood ( Karen Allen), and when Indy shot/slugged it out with assorted Nazis and their Nepalese henchmen. Crunch Time in Cairo Raiders of the Lost ArkHarrison Ford tells the story of having diarrhea in Tunisia, where they were filming, and when the time came to plot a fight with a towering, scimitar-wielding swordsman, he told director Steven Spielberg, "Let's just shoot the [expletive-deleted]." And so they did.The Mauling on the Mercedes Raiders of the Lost ArkSpielberg borrowed from the classic Stagecoach crawl-under-the-moving-vehicle stunt for this. Best moment? Indy's blood-spattered, dirt-daubed smile of triumph as he clings to the grill, only to have the hood ornament, emblem of "German engineering," snap off. The "Duel on the Duck" (amphibious truck) in Crystal Skull aims to top this.The Fracas in front of the Flying Wing Raiders of the Lost ArkIndy does a punch-out in front of airplane propellers with a German giant, whilst Marion clocks a pilot with a set of wheel chocks. That nameless Nazi? Producer and sometime director (Eight Below) Frank Marshall. Shanghai Shakedown Indiana Jones and the Temple of DoomHarrison Ford's James Bond audition, in white tux jacket, the works. Indy gets shanghai'd but takes care of business while Kate Capshaw warbles Cole Porter's "Anything Goes" in Chinese. The Brawl on the Bridge Indiana Jones and the Temple of DoomEvery harrowing B-movie fight-on-a-rotted-rope-suspension-bridge scene rolled into one, with the ultimate B-movie villain, Mola Ram, megalomaniacal leader of a supernatural-inspired death cult. The "Tickets please" Tussle in the Zeppelin Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade How do you escape from the first-class section of a Nazi airship? Toss a few out at high altitude. Nazis, that is. Tackled on the Tank Indiana Jones and the Last CrusadeBasically, the truck chase and fight from Raiders, reprised with an ancient tank and hostages inside it. Still, a fight with some real throw-weight behind it. And a rare action (and comedy) bit for Indy's university pal, Marcus Brody (Denholm Elliott).Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times