Yeah, I had heard so much about the CG and I am about as much a CG-aphobe as someone can get. I see little to no reason to use CG most of the time and yet films are full of it. There were about four instances in the movie where I was aware of the CG (there were others I'm sure but they were either really basic and hard to spot or just so big that they were an effect one way or another so CG didn't really matter).
One of those instances, I just didn't like what they were showing, rather than the CG itself. One of them was such a quick shot, I couldn't dwell on it. One was set up with a real life non-CG version, which mixed the tricks and helped the CG be believable (something Spielberg did so well back as far as Jurassic Park). The last, well, I only know it was CG because there's no way it could have been done any other way - it didn't look CG.
Sound like a lot when I lay it out there but, actually, it seemed like very little in the movie. Put it this way - there's no Jar Jar.
It wasn't so much the old man pants themselves that were the problem. You know when men hit a certain age, they lose all shape in certain areas? Well, Indy had lost all shape. His old man pants were hoisted up high and just hung like they were on a hanger. There was no shape. And I just fixated on that and saw a senior citizen, not Indiana Jones. That may be more about me than the movie... but even when he's in full Indy garb, all his pants look like old man pants.
I quite liked Irina. And in many ways I shouldn't - I'm no Blanchett fan (who is?), the character is entirely one-dimensional (actually barely even one dimension) and her look does not fit with anyone else in the movie. But something about her worked for me. There's very little to her. She's just a cartoon bad guy but, yeah, I kind of liked her. She's quite a badass and she played it well.
I'm quite surprised the opening worked for most people. It instantly requires a whole bunch of logic leaps, not that you wouldn't expect that in an Indiana Jones film but they come thick and fast so early. I also found it to be hugely exposition heavy, getting the full back story with him and Ray Winstone. And there were a few 'cool' lines that young Ford would have delivered beautifully but just sounded really forced from old man pants Ford. I could almost hear Spielberg shouting 'for God's sake man, give me more than that!'.
From that sequence, the movie goes into quite a relaxed natural setting of Professor Jones the elder teacher and there are some nice quiet moments with Indy and Jim Broadbent's character and, for me, they felt so much more real and natural - this was Indy in his later years for me. I could buy it. I kind of wish they had started with that feeling and then dragged Indy kicking and screaming into his former adventure role.
But, hey, it's Indy. Thing is, I could have come on here and said it is the worst film I have ever seen and you'd still all go see it. I know I would. One thing it has done is make me really hyped about the new Lego game. I can't wait for that, Nazis or no Nazis.