Originally Posted by Udvarnoky
I have no qualm with Blanchett's performance - she clearly relished playing such a weirdo - but I think Spalko is one of the litany of elements that Crystal Skull leaves undeveloped. Can't call her a great villain, though I certainly recognize the potential she had to be one, and I love the unbridled pulpiness of her depiction.
I just always felt she was too over the top for me. I understand there is an "overthetopness" to Indiana Jones in general but Spalko just seemed way to over the top. I mean even her hair was over the top and extreme compared to villains like Belloq. Ram I give a pass since he was an occultist but Spalko was supposed to be a military leader. I just felt she was way to pulpy to me.