Manolo says, it is Tuesday, time to see what the Manolo is…
This new Harrison Ford movie, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of Improbable Geriatric Hijinks, which the Manolo saw this past weekend, was almost exactly what the Manolo expected; Harrison Ford stumbling his way through the series of contrived over-the-top action sequences.
Yes, the movie was entertaining in places, and the Manolo occasionally chuckled, but it was nothing when compared to either the first or the third installment in the Indiana Jones catalog.
Query: Is there any actor who plays heroic befuddlement better than Harrison Ford?
Indeed, his range as the actor is seemingly limited to heroic befuddlement, wooden heroic befuddlement, angry heroic befuddlement, and his acting masterpiece, wryly humorous heroic befuddlement.
Only the great Gary Cooper has ever been more wooden or more heroically befuddled than Harrison Ford.
Query: Can someone explain to the Manolo the success of Shia LaBeouf? Yes, he is generally likable, but he is otherwise the uninspiring actor with not much to recommend him beyond that.
On different matters, the Manolo, who has long been the modified practical Epicurean, has been finding great and much needed solace in the works of the Stoics, in particular the writings of Epictetus and Marcus Aurelius.