After an initial viewing I pretty much agree with the common assessment: - Some of the action scenes were over the top even by Indy standards - Excluding Mutt, the "tag-a-long" characters didn't feel as developed as in the past films - All the 50s tropes were very nicely integrated ? Reds, double agents, black-listing, greasers, Roswell, aliens...er, inter-dimensional beings. - The first half did feel a bit more polished. Mutt's intro scene followed by the motorcycle chase through the campus was pure, unbridled Indy. - Contrary to what I read in a few published reviews, I didn't feel the nods to the previous films were contrived at all. Quite the opposite, in fact. - Ford still has an undeniable screen presence. - Indy snatching his hat from Mutt at the end was sheer brilliance. It's hard for me to rank the film in relation to the others after one viewing, especially since I kind of had a TPM-like out of body experience throughout a lot of the film where I couldn't quite believe I was seeing a new installment of the franchise. I definitely liked it, though. Won't supplant Temple of Doom as my favorite, I know, while Raiders and Crusade are probably cemented as filmic icons in a way Crystal Skill likely won't be able to top given that I grew up with the trilogy. I'm certainly satisfied with new film, however, and am quite certain that no other blockbuster-type films in the next few years are going to grab my attention like Crystal Skull did.