I’ve now seen the first two of the big summer blockbusters — Iron Man and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

They are both worth watching, but Indiana Jones was clearly better, in my opinion. I thought the new Indy movie held up very well to the prior versions, though they will never make a better one than Raiders of the Lost Ark. Iron Man, while good, pales considerably in comparison to recent comic-book-type movies, such as Batman Begins and Spiderman (it’s better than the crappy recent Superman movie, though). I’m not a big fan of comic books, I must admit, so I knew nothing about Iron Man going into the movie. It was good, but not great.

Indiana Jones, on the other hand, was nonstop action and was full of all the little things that made the first three Indy movies so fun.

Try to see them both, but if you have to pick one, go with Indiana Jones. You won’t regret it.

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8 Responses

  1. DevilsAdvocate

    I was warned beforehand that the new Indiana Jones was, stylistically, a bit if a departure from the swashbuckling 30’s serials that the first 3 emulated (in varying degrees). Instead, the latest installment looks more towards 50’s B-movies for inspiration. Thinking about it, it makes perfect sense that Spielberg would move the style/tone 20 years ahead, to match the actor that has aged about 20 years since the last one. Really a very savvy move.

    But I was very glad to get that warning, which allowed me to enjoy the movie for what it is instead of what it isn’t. I liked it.

  2. Bill

    Boy, do I disagree with Chad on this.

    The IJ movie was a HUGE disappointment to me. I am a big IJ fan, but thought it was badly acted, completely lacked the humor of the earlier films, and thought the action was too hokey (and not hokey in a good way as in previous IJ movies)and too obviously computer generated.

    On the other hand, I really enjoyed Ironman. I thought Downey was perfect as Tony Stark and, though I wished for more actual Ironman, understand they had to get through the character evolution.

    I wanted my money back after IJ (though I was the only one in my group that really disliked it, the best any of the 5 people in our group would say was that it was “ok”).

    I recommend IM over IJ (especially if you like comic book movies).

  3. daedalus

    what is it about the comic book movies? there seem to be about a billion out every summer. (i’m not a frequent movie goer, so i don’t go to see those, but i do plan on seeing the indy movie, because i love those.)

  4. Relient k Car

    wut bout narnia?!
    any narnia fans?

  5. John of Muncie

    IJ is clearly fourth behind Raiders, Last Crusade, and Temple of Doom in that order. So I forgive a lot.

    But the monkeys? I mean seriously.

    Oh, and [possible SPOILER STOP READING HERE] that ending…reeked of X-Files: Fight the Future.

  6. Will Lavender

    Completely disagree.

    I don’t even really like comic book movies, but for what it is “Iron Man” is a near-masterpiece. I was completely blown away by how good it was.

    “Crystal Skull” is a good film, and it certainly holds up to the originals (though it’s a slight step down from all three), but it isn’t even in the same stratosphere as “Iron Man.”

    Love the blog, guys.