It may be my least favorite of the original movies, but between Mola Ram's OTT villainy, Short Round, and the, um...interesting take on Hindi mythology, it at least managed to thoroughly entertain me. ^_^
I highly enjoy it, except for the human sacrifice part (NIGHTMARE FUEL) and Willie Scott "INNNNNDEEEEEEEEEEE~!") >.<
Crystal Skull, on the other hand, was just...weird. It was great seeing Marion again, and watching there be a conclusion to Indy's adventures (therewillbenoIndyVtherewillbenoIndyVtherewillbeno
IndyV). But I just didn't get invested like I did when Indy was punching out Nazis and Thuggees and finding magic religious stuff.
I grew up on this series, though, and Temple of Doom was the first Indy movie I ever saw. So I may be kinda biased.
I realize I'm posting to a way old post here, but I think the important distinction regarding believability is whether something was unbelievable because of something supernatural or if something was unbelievable within Earth's physics. What I mean by that is that there is an explanation for rapid aging from drinking out of the Holy Grail, or a man melting because of the Arc, and that explanation is sort of a "what if we found something magical." In the new movie, the hard to believe stuff was things like him surviving the nuke in the fridge (nothing supernatural to protect him, so he should be dead) or Mutt swinging by vines faster than the speeding vehicles. The alien stuff didn't bother me as much as it does other people. It may not be biblical or anything, but it is at least based on some theoretical beliefs that people have, which is a common theme among the movies so it fit for me.
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