May 22, 2008 -- We just got back from seeing 'Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.'

Since it's been several months since we've been online, I thought we'd put together a movie review.

It's the first movie of the summer. And a good one.

Full disclosure. I'm a big, big fan of the 'Indiana Jones' trilogy.

'Raiders of the Lost Ark' totally took me by surprise when it arrived in theaters in 1981 starring 'that guy who played Han Solo in Star Wars.' Loved it. As a 19 year old college student, I was hooked. Although 'Temple of Doom' kind of annoyed me, I thought Spielberg and Lucas totally redeemed themselves with 'Last Crusade.' Sean Connery as Indy's dad? Inspired.

And now, 19 years later, Indiana Jones is back with 'Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.' Harrison Ford returns as Indy. Steven Spielberg directs, George Lucas produces, and John Williams composes a terrific score.

I was really looking forward to 'Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.' No wonder Cyber-nerds have been calling it 'Indy 4.' It's quicker on the tongue, and you don't have to waste so much time getting to adjectives like 'awesome' 'fun' 'totally satisfying' and 'fun.'

My goal was to stay off websites that gave away too much information, and not read any reviews -- to be as untainted as possible. I'm glad that I did. I mentioned fun, right? Well, it is. 'Indy 4' has that wonderful Spielbergian combination of humor, exposition, adventure, action and... fun.

This time around, it's 1957. And like the other 'Indy' movies, we're dropped right into the middle of the action.

I won't spoil the various plot points here with too many details, but I will mention that yes, Indiana Jones still teaches at that same Ivy League school, he goes in search of another wondrous artifact, he meets up with some new characters and friends, and encounters enough twists and turns and adventures to fill all those strange environments and booby trapped caves.

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