||03-05-2012 05:38 AM
Originally Posted by SHMACKDOJO
It could have been so much better, absolutely -- but that doesn't mean it's not worth defending. People extrapolate on those bad moments (and they ARE bad) and act like the entire film is dreck.
Again, I'd just reference the critical reception to the film, which sits in the 60% range on both Metacritic and Rotten Tomatoes. Bullseye. Crystal Skull is a lackluster sequel, but still a decent flick taken on its own merits.
I agree that the hate for KotCS is mostly undeserved. However the reason that people extrapolate on those bad moments is because they are moments that leave with a WTF? feeling and then the film lets you sit with it. For example the Fridge scene, there is not even the slightest possibility that anyone could survive that. I would have a hard time believing Neo surviving an atomic blast nevermind an old man, and nothing happens for a while afterward plotwise to take your mind off of it. We are given one of the most ridiculous scenes in cinema history and then everything settles down giving us plenty of time to think about how stupid that was.
The whole Tarzan scene is even worse; First we are asked to suspend disbelief when Mutt is able to sword fight whilst spread between two moving vehicles , then he is swooped up into the trees (which in its self makes no sense), then he Tarzan swings as if he is the master of the Jungle (which he is not), then the monkeys that randomly follow Mutt attack the Russians (we are at Ludicrous speed now), followed up by a big guy getting carried by ants, to a vehicle driving off a cliff and safely landing in the river (by help of a tree), all the way to our gang dropping down 3 waterfalls each more ridiculous than the last. There is suspending disbelief (like the raft scene, outrunning a giant boulder) and then there is plain stupid.
Funnily enough without CGI the worst scenes in the movie are not possible and most likely wouldn't exist.