This one has the same ideas as the first -- religious artifact, good vs. bad theme, nazis, and so forth. Adding Sean Connery does nothing except turn most of the movie to farce, and I wasn't happy with the film's treatment of Marcus Brody either. And really, what WERE they thinking with the inclusion of the nazi-babe Dr. Elsa? She's even blonder and (in my opinion, dumber) than Willie from the second film.
I'm not saying that it's a terrible film. There are some nice moments, such as the final scene with Indy and his father ("Indiana...let it go" ) but it's definitely not a very original film.
Say what you will about the "Temple of Doom," but at least in that movie Spielburg and Lucas weren't afraid to try something different and opt for a darker, more original storyline. The point of moviemaking is not to duplicate a successful formula, but to come up with a new one. I'd even have to say that the Indiana Jones "Fate of Atlantis" computer game was better written than this.
The third entry in the adventures of Indiana Jones, aptly titled "Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade", is a lot light hearted than "The Temple of Doom" and its dark heart, and is more in the spirit of "Raiders of the Lost Ark" but can't outmatch it.
Three years after the events in "Raiders", Indiana Jones is on a quest to find his missing father after finding out he's been abducted by sinister forces. For most of his life, Indiana's father, has been researching and trying to locate The Holy Grail. If Indiana finds his dad he also may have found The Holy Grail.
After Seventeen summers, since its 5/24/89 release, the film is still fun to watch. The cast is great, especially Sean Connery as Henry Jones Sr. I can't imagine anyone else for the role. The chemistry between Connery and Harrison Ford is what makes the "Last Crusade" a stand-out crowd pleaser. Denholm Elliot expands on his role from "Raiders" as Marcus Brody, adding some goofy comic relief as the bookish curator out of his element. Of course it isn't an "Indiana Jones" film without Harrison Ford as the title role. This a classic example of a film character that is so legendary, that it would be fruitlessly idiotic to have the character be recast with another actor. In other words I really can't see Tom Selleck as Dr. Jones, and if there isn't a fourth adventure with Indiana Jones it would suck big time, but I could live with it.
"Last Crusade" does have some really great action sequences.Read more ›