November 23, 2004

National Treasure

This film is OK. Unfortunately, it needed to be a lot better.

Nick Cage’s character is no Indiana Jones. The problem is that Indy is an icon based on other serial characters and has staked out a lot of the good character territory. Perhaps partly to not seem like “Indiana Jones 4” this film gives us the fairly bland Benjamin Franklin Gates.

Sure, he’s got history. And famous actor ancestors (just like Indy). But he’s missing the boyishness and the flourish. He’s missing the humor and the ironic turns of strength and vulnerability. He’s no icon.

The plot of the movie itself is diverting enough, but it won’t put you over the edge. Even the worst Indiana Jones movie (Temple of Doom) at least had Indy.

Even the cinematography was a little flat.I rarely found the camera increasing the level of excitement, even when they used that “whooshing” gimick that seems to be everywhere these days.

There are a few eye-candy moments and a chase scene that doesn’t break any new ground.

This wasn’t a horrible movie. I was mildly entertained. And I liked the subject matter. The acting was reasonable. But none of it came together because of what was missing. Very little seemed at risk, and the character motivation was often implausible.

I felt the same way I felt when I watched the last Star Trek franchise installment. And that’s not good. Stay home and watch an Indiana Jones movie.

Posted by James at November 23, 2004 1:37 AM
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dah...maybe i was just more excited about this movie, but i thought it was pretty good. i agree that if you go in expecting Indiana Jones you will be sorely dissapointed. but that's not why i saw it, i assumed it wasn't the same kind of movie. either way, me and the dr are def in disagreement over National Treasure. Go out and give it a shot...or a couple shots like me.

Posted by: ryan at November 23, 2004 10:53 AM

Dave Barry would've done it better. :D

The Da Vinci Code, uncracked

Posted by: Ailsa at November 23, 2004 11:02 AM

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