I've kept an open mind when I finally got round to seeing this. There were a lot of people that went into this with rose-tinted glasses, expecting this to be like "the good ol' days!".
But even with my mind open, there's no getting away from the fact that this is rubbish. Entertaining rubbish, but still rubbish.
What we have here is a film where action set pieces seem more important than story and development. For two hours, the exact same thing happens - the good guys have the Crystal Skull, then there's a chase. Now the bad guys have the Crystal Skull. Then there's another chase and now the good guys have the Crystal Skull again. Then there's yet another chase, and yet again, the bad guys have the Crystal Skull. And so on, and so on, and so on.
The plot (such as it is) makes very little sense. It's full of so many plot holes that one wonders how this ever got past the writing stage. Most of the characters have next to nothing to do and seem to have no reason for being here.
Whilst it good to see Karen Allen back from "Raiders Of The Lost Ark", there's very little for her to do. Shia LaBeouf is good and watch able, but he doesn't need to be there. The film could easily survive without them. And the less said about the God-awful Ray Winston the better. The man has all the acting range of a soft boiled egg.
His performance here is so bad that even his Cockney accent sounds fake - and that's saying something!
There are really only two things this film has going for it - Harrison Ford and the excellent and very sexy Cate Blanchett. So sexy is this character (and indeed the actress playing her) that I wanted to see more of her than the other characters.
On the whole, this is a film for the MTV generation. Loads of special effects that will no doubt keep the teens with low concentration levels happy, and little else.
On the plus side, both the picture and sound are totally amazing and they are really the only reasons for getting this. It's so good, I was more interested in the stunning HD picture then in the film itself. Good for the HD transfer, bad for the film!
The Bluray disc itself is OK, but average. All the special features are presented in HD, but are a little on the lacklustre side.
The problem with so many special features now is that we've seen them all before and offer nothing new. If you like watching documentaries where members of the cast and crew pat each other on the back and tell us how wonderful it was working together, then you should be in your element here. All the "special" features here are the same as you get on countless other DVD's. Who doesn't know how special effect and CGI are done nowadays? It's just the same old stuff!
As an overall package, this is so-so stuff. Would I watch it again? Maybe. But I'm not going to hurry. My advise, wait until you see it in a sale. You'll thank me for it!