Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull has just hours ago been screened at Cannes and the reviews are less than kind.
Yahoo! News reports that the movie suffers from a “loss of wit and romance” saying further that “After about an hour, the film abandons any pretense of story for a rush through fights, chases, machine gun fire, scorpions, quick sand, monkeys, huge snakes and finally a secret city,” .
The Hollywood Reporter reports a general thumbs up from journalists leaving the screening though they also took quotes such as “too long,” “too many stunts,” and “too wooden.” “We’re all kind of bewildered about what they thought they were making.” said Hollywood Reporter’s Kirk Honeycutt.
Variety at least reports that the movie “Delivers the goods” but follows up with the caveat “not those of the still first-rate original, 1981’s Raiders Of The Lost Ark but those of its uneven two successors.”
It is estimated that to be considered a success Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull will have to gross $500 million worldwide.
Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull is scheduled for May 22 2008 release.