OK, it was probably my fault for over-expecting, but I thought I knew Indiana Jones. I mean, isn’t he the “original” adventurer? Well, modern-day anyway. A full-time college archeology professor, part-time adventurer (who liked to think of it the other way around.) He makes the adventure real for us real folk. Sure, finding the ark in the desert is unlikely, but possible, right? And who’s to say that opening it wouldn’t melt people?

Now comes the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. I have to say, I really liked the story – but I hated the execution. Way too many special-effects scenes, way too much over-the-top and unrealistic action, and way, way too many predictable cliches. C’mon, we KNOW Indy, and that wasn’t him. (Dare I say – off-brand?) I can deal with the fact that he is much older now. After all, it’s his cool attitude that we love. Perhaps the supporting cast overshadowed his part too. I found them more distracting than helpful. This movie was made not for the Indy fans out there, but for the new moviegoers who apparently need a non-stop visual assault to be entertained.

Still, there were a lot of great scenes and lines in there. And it was great to see him back in action again. And I got to eat popcorn and Twizzlers. Mmmm. George and Steven – just run it by me the next time, OK?