As if it needed any help, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull could catch a break at the box office this weekend. Thanks to weaker-than-expected debuts by Speed Racer and The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, Crystal Skull could be positioned to enjoy the largest Memorial Day weekend ever. And if it does, Indy creator George Lucas will be breaking his own record: His Star Wars, Episode III: Revenge of the Sith holds the title, raking in $173 million in its first five days. Pirates of the
Technically, film is every bit as accomplished as one expects from Spielberg and the series. Of the director’s key original collaborators, editor Michael Kahn and composer John Williams return in full form. Production designer Guy Hendrix Dyas provides some striking creations, particularly the ancient circular chamber that houses the climax. First three series were lensed by the great British d.p. Douglas Slocombe in bold, clean images, and while Spielberg’s now-regular cinematographer Janusz Kaminski has mostly succeeded in reproducing this look, which is very different from his usual style, he still can’t prevent himself from letting in some characteristic flared light and hazy backgrounds.