BUMS ON SEATS – Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny


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Bigsky
11 months ago

Thanks for an honest and spoiler free review George. Like most I was upset at how bad crystal skull turned out, but it is with some trepidation that I also want to see this one. From your review it sounds like it might be entertaining, albeit not the best in the series 👍

Bigsky
11 months ago
Reply to  George

Good to hear 😊 in crystal skull I found the mutt character in particular just awful and an unnecessary addition overall. I’m glad they’ve written him out of the new one 👌

frot_hat_gaming
11 months ago

Crystal skull was proper dog bin shit, although my memory of it is pretty hazy now.

I do recall there being a load of emphasis on things early on in the film which don’t go anywhere. I seem to recall Kate blanchett having physic powers at the army base – never to be used again. And a big deal was made about getting Indy’s motorbike on the plane – to never see it again in the film.

Bert
11 months ago

The CGI set pieces in that, especially the forest section were like non-interactive video games. It was like watching something from Uncharted.

But I feel like Indy films work best when covering things from the bible. Not that I’m a believer in that.

Bert
11 months ago
Reply to  George

They felt like they could mix in sci-fi elements and it would be fine. The fridge scene is completely pointless, that was thrown in because it was an unused idea for time travel in Back to the Future.

Bert
11 months ago
Reply to  Bert

Well if you watch the film again they make sure you can see a label on the fridge with “lead lined” line that was ever a thing?

Bert
11 months ago
Reply to  Bert

Lead lined label I mean, my brain was lagging behind a bit there.

Bert
11 months ago

I was done after Crystal Skull. I rewatched recently and it’s still not that enjoyable.

I think this one boils down to if you can tolerate Waller-Bridge and her being the strong female lead and Indie being weak and needing help. There can’t be a strong male lead in anything Disney owns.

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Bert
11 months ago
Reply to  George

Cabin in the Woods started out in a bit of an Evil Dead style but then went nuts. That film was so going to be a bit average until towards the end where it all goes apeshit. But still, that was only ever going to be suitable for a couple of viewings.

Bert
11 months ago
Reply to  George

I’ll watch it again soon. I feel like with some films I need a bit of a gap before I watch them again. At the time it came out I was sat next to a placement student at work for mentoring etc.. and he said it was bad. But tastes vary.

Stevieboy74
11 months ago

Great review mate, enjoyed listening. I haven’t seen the film yet but I will soon and look forward to it.

I think the young actor you refer to, on the periphery of Hollywood who you say they could have used for the film intro rather than the deepfake is Anthony Ingruber. He was auditioned for the Solo Star Wars film, but unfortunately he doesn’t have particularly good acting skills, which is a shame because looks wise he’s almost a perfect young Harrison. Even some of his facial gestures and mannerisms are spot on. As you say though, if the Dial of Destiny intro has hardly any dialogue then I’m sure they could have used someone like him rather than relying on CGI. Look him up on youtube and there’s a few videos of him reciting Han Solo dialogue from Star Wars to a camera, and you’ll see what I mean about his looks and mannerisms.

Enjoyable review mate, good work, and well done Graeme for fixing the transcoding issue 👍🏻

Stevieboy74
11 months ago
Reply to  Stevieboy74

Just seen Ingruber was cast as a young Harrison in the film “The age of Adaline” and looking at it on youtube he seems pretty good, so he definitely could have been used. It’s a shame when Hollywood jump straight to using CGI these days.

Bert
11 months ago
Reply to  Stevieboy74

Apparently for this film they used a younger person for some of the action scenes and then put Fords face onto him, they’re just aren’t as good as Ford though. People forget that some people just have a way about them when it comes to movement that is just as important as when they speak. That’s why Michael J Fox was so good in Back to the Future, he was great at doing the movements. A cruel twist of fate for him to get something that impairs his movement.

Bert
11 months ago
Reply to  George

That comes across as some sort of time constraint or lack of caring to me. There’s no excuse for bad FX these days. I mean, Lord of the Rings trilogy is 20-22 years old now and the FX were convincing enough in those films.

Bert
11 months ago
Reply to  Bert

ILM just got completely trounced when WETA appeared on the scene. I mean look at the diabolical FX in the Star Wars prequels, then came LOTR and WETA showing them how it was done.

Bert
11 months ago
Reply to  Bert

You know more about their history than me. But I felt like ILM just couldn’t get the colours right. Everything was way too bright. Never more so than on the special editions, you’d go from 1970s and 1980s film stock shots with grain to some bright clean CGI scene.

Bert
11 months ago
Reply to  Bert

I feel like I’m totally fine with the original theatrical release. But I may watch out of curiosity. I bet they can’t fix Episode 1 though. The “ridiculous edit” is about the only one which makes it entertaining.

Bert
11 months ago
Reply to  Bert

I think last time I watched the original trilogy was on some scans of 35mm copies people had got hold of. So at least better than laserdisc. And obviously not “legit”, but if they won’t release the originals properly then what choice do you have?

Lucian
Lucian
11 months ago

Thanks George! – A really nice and insightful review (If ‘Bums on seats’ is a series, I’ve missed them, so I’ll have a search later as I really enjoyed listening to this). I didn’t know it was out – I’d read somewhere it was in the making but didn’t realise how long for and that it had finally been released.
I’m not gonna lie; I’m really not a cinema person so I’ll wait for it to come out on the disney streaming thing but the trailer looked pretty cool (which, weirdly, I had to search for – it seems even disney aren’t bothering to bolster interest in the film, though maybe that will change when they release it to stream) .
And bad though the 4th one may have been, it did at least have Karen Allen in again. Yum.

Lucian
Lucian
11 months ago
Reply to  Lucian

Yes I’m replying to myself and yes, I’ve just seen ‘Bums on seats’ is the first title that appears under ‘Series’. I’ve never been the sharpest knife in the drawer..

Fin Lazarus
Fin Lazarus
11 months ago

George likes Indiana Jones??? He’s an alright chap after all. We can invite hims to grandpa David’s for Christmas this year and toast the A1222 launch success. It will be more fun than an Indiana Jones movie I promise. Just. few Amiga bubs hanging out watching The Commodore Story.

Bert
11 months ago
Reply to  Fin Lazarus

David has more experience burying stuff in the ground than digging it up. Spirit of the Stone for example.

Bigsky
11 months ago

Not able to play this one on IOS – different video player / decoder than the usual maybe?

Geezer
Admin
11 months ago
Reply to  Bigsky

It should be OK now. Transcoding glitch on mp3

Bigsky
11 months ago
Reply to  George

Nice one 😊👌