We saw the midnight showing as well. It was a lot of fun to see Indy on the big screen for the first time. Quite a few in our theater dressed up as Indy characters (got a picture of a really good Henry Jones Sr.).
I too kinda felt that the CGI was a bit over done, though for the most part they kept it reigned in with only a few instances of real obviousness.
We loved that there were some really great one-liners in this one, moreso it felt than previous Indy films.
The opening sequence was a beautiful nod to a past film.
I wonder if there is anything cool/humorous written on any of the crates you pass throughout that scene.
As to story content:
At first, I felt kind of cheated by the distinctly SciFi direction the film took as well. After a night of thinking about it, I think it works, though I still think this could have been done better.
In the 20s you had Carnarvon's death after the opening of Tutankhamun's tomb, and all the mythos of cursed mummies and boobie-trapped temples, etc. The movies about Indy in this era (20s/30s) reflects this. Temples with elaborate booby traps and a cult using the mystical powers of stones.
In the late 40s early 50s the world has just come out of WWII and the space race is beginning. In 47 you have the Roswell incident that created a whole new public mythos. There are actually a number of real Crystal Skulls that have been found (one even tested at Hewlett-Packards crystalography labs) since the late 1800's. They are linked, in some peoples minds, to the Mayan and alien visitors, though there is zero actual scientific evidence of this. There is plenty of evidence that they were machined though.
Anyway, what I'm getting at is that the writers took actual artifacts from the real-world and the supposed history behind them and put them into an Indy movie that takes place right at the beginning of the worlds race to space, when questions about aliens and science-fiction filtered through our culture to a very large degree.
I think the main reason that the whole alien thing feels so ridiculous is because of how our culture has treated alien/ufo rumors for the past 60 years. People that believe in them are widely ridiculed and the idea is popularly thought of as preposterous. But is it really any more strange than angels/ghosts coming from the ark and melting the flesh from a person? Or than a cultist leader reaching into a mans chest and pulling his heart out, leaving him still alive?
So, overall, while I think it could definitely have been executed better in places, I enjoyed this one and will see it again. I will definitely own it. I'm glad to see that Harrison Ford has still got it to be an action hero. A good solid 4 stars from me.