5.0 out of 5 stars Great blu-ray showcase
Action movies like this one are best viewed in blue-ray format. I'm slowly converting my collection of favorite movies. Sean Connery has always been one of my favs and he doesn't disappoint here. The engineers have done a great job of upgrading this classic.
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3.0 out of 5 stars WEAKEST OF THE INDY MOVIES
This Indy movie was weak--not much of an action film but more of a comedy. If anything, though, see it. HF is good, so is Connery. But you just might get sick at the fact Indy and his Dad were with the same woman.
Published on July 15 1999
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Moose Hole - Triumphant 'Crusade',
Third time's a charm? Three's a crowd? These must have been the question plaguing the filmmakers and studio executives behind one of the greatest adventure series in movie history. But the lure of the charm, excitement, and most notably the rather large box office coin, of the previous two features could hold anybody down from this project. In the time since Indiana Jones & the Temple of Doom, the three main men of the series had had a mixed bag of results away from the adventurous archeologist. Steven Spielberg was coming into his own amongst the critical elite with highly acclaimed, and multi nominated, features The Color of Purple and Tears of the Sun. George Lucas, with his predominantly acclaimed Star Wars series behind him for the time being, spent his time executively producing such under-appreciated features as Labyrinth and Willow. And Indiana Jones himself, Harrison Ford, had success in Witness and Working Girl but nothing for his own work. So was there any doubt that a third was demanded amongst not only two out of the three main men but the studio executives at Paramount as well? Whether that was the case or not, Indiana Jones was on his way once again to the big screen, possibly for the last time.
The story takes place nearly two years after the original feature film, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and three years after the Temple of Doom and places our hero, Indiana Jones, once again against the nefarious Nazi empire. Barely able to catch his breathe after another perilous mission for an ancient artifact; Indiana is whisked off, this time by multi-millionaire Walter Donovan to find an object not only important to the field of archeology but to the world itself. For over forty years, Indy's own father spent tireless hours researching and recording the many secrets that would lead to the discovery of the Holy Grail, the cup that Christians believed was used by Jesus Christ at the Last Supper and was also used to catch his blood at the time of his death. It is also believed that the Grail would bring immortal life to whoever drank from it, which has certainly gained the attention of Adolf Hitler, who dreams of a superior master race to rule the world, and he will do anything to achieve that dream. That is why it is important that Indiana get to the Grail first before the Nazis do but first he must find the man who was once in charge of the operation but has mysteriously disappeared, his own father. The story for Indiana Jones & the Last Crusade is probably one of the most noble adventure films in the genre and though this deals mainly with Christianity, Spielberg manages to keep the focus generally on universal beliefs and the concept of faith itself rather then the individual denominations. He guides the audience through several complex theories and beliefs but directs it out in such a way that even the most clueless of filmgoers will get a general idea of what is behind many of the main actions of the film.
As was said about the Temple of Doom in that the Indiana Jones series isn't afraid to switch supporting characters up and that it usually works well depending on their interaction with Ford remains true for this film. Not all work though, but the mass majority pick up the slack of the less potent additions to the cast. Harrison Ford dons the famous hat and whip once again and gives possibly the best performance in the series, if not on par with Raiders of the Lost Ark. This is all thanks to his absolutely amazing chemistry with Sean Connery, who is best known for his role as James Bond. The two talented performers play off each other so well that you would believe they were actually related. Sean Connery still shows that he has what it takes to be a commanding actor despite his old age. Though the feature contains a decent amount of humor within the material itself, additional comic relief comes in the form of Denholm Elliott as Dr. Marcus Brody and John Rhys-Davies as Sallah, who reprise their fantastic roles from the original. The only cast member that just doesn't seem quite right for the series is Alison Doody as Dr. Elsa Schneider, whose lines seem so drulled out and the performance on the whole being quite tacky. Whether that was the intention of the filmmakers or not may not be known but in either case it felt over-the-top and not in the good way that it could have been. It could have been Doody's performance or the role itself but whatever it was it didn't work at all.
Overall, if this is Indiana Jones' last go-around then it is marvelous one at that, mixing everything that made the series so enduring all into one consolidating effort. Historical background, religious content, and memorable characters all come together in a triumphant achievement from the brilliant duo of Steven Spielberg and George Lucas. There is little to complain about with this film but if anything was out of place, beside Alison Doody's performance, it had to be focus taken too much away from the meaning behind the Grail itself. Granted, praise must be given to Spielberg for the film's intention on keeping the audience centered on universal beliefs, but considering you are dealing with serious Christian content, it would have been nice to keep the focus on that but no big foul called for not doing that. Outside of a small dispute, Indiana Jones & the Last Crusade is an absolute must see and the wonderful thing about it is that there is no need to watch the previous two features in order to appreciate the magnificence of Spielberg's vision.
5.0 out of 5 stars Movie magic at its very best, greatest of the trilogy.,
My opinion of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade could be deemed slightly biased. It is the first film I ever saw in theaters and it's also the first movie I purchased on video. I even own the same, worn-down, beat-up copy (and look upon it even more fondly than the widescreen edition, for sentimental reasons, of course) (but nothing beats the pristine quality DVD). I think it's fair to say it's this movie that cemented my love of cinema, the high regard I hold for great escapism, which is sorely lacking from today's cinema; movies that should be fun now drag or bludgeon themselves with relentlessly awful scripts or MTV-style direction that turns relatively simple scenes into chaotic blurs. The Last Crusade may only be thirteen years old, but I think I can safely say they don't make them like they used to.
The film stars, of course, Harrison Ford as Indy Jones, the archaeologist/adventurer who's on yet another quest, this time to find his father, who'd been searching for the Holy Grail. Said Dad is played by none other than Sean Connery, whose highly charismatic performance is quick to place this film, acting-wise, above the others in the trilogy. The rest of the film focuses on this ongoing journey between father and son (eventually joined along by Sallah and Marcus Brody), complete with amazing action and stunt sequences, clever humor, and nasty (but fun) surprises.
The script, by Jeffrey Boam, takes a few cues from Raiders of the Lost Ark, but actually improves upon that story by paying more attention to characterization. The delightful opening scene (all three movies really open with a bang, don't they?); which details how young Indy got his scar, whip, hat, and fear of snakes; makes for a better prequel than Temple of Doom (and any of The Adventure of Young Indiana Jones, for that matter).
The story is engrossing because there's a lot of fun clues offered towards the location of the Grail and, thus, there's a lot of engaging little discoveries (love the "X marks the spot" scene). I'm quite certain, like with Raiders of the Lost Ark, the plot has a few holes, but they're fairly hard to notice, and I've seen this movie quite a few times, but maybe it's just my enjoyment of the film clouding that up. Either way, it speaks volumes in favor of Spielberg's direction and the performances.
Given that action and adventure is the series' selling point, you can expect the thrills and wondrous delight of discovery delivered in spades. The action scenes are terrific (and matched well with John Williams' rousing, memorable score), the best being an excellent ten-minute setpiece on board (and in) a Nazi tank in a sensational chase sequence across the desert. I also loved the motorcycle chase and the Zeppelin setpiece, where the heroes go about dispatching of two enemy fighters in unexpected, but quite hilarious, fashion. The climax, complete with frightening booby traps, is a suspenseful venture into the unknown, which is the pinnacle adventure movies aspire to.
The Last Crusade is far more humor-oriented than its predecessors, but part of the movie's effectiveness is that it's able to deliver belly laughs without defusing the tension during the action sequences. Some of the jokes are just brilliant, including one with Indy armed with a Luger in confrontation with a line of Nazis in front of him that's even funnier than the swordsman scene in Raiders (well, to me, at least).
The supporting cast is all-around superb; John Rhys-Davies is back as Sallah, wonderful as ever and displaying a bit more enthusiasm searching for the Grail than he did digging up the Ark of the Covenant. The late Denholm Elliot also returns as Marcus Brody, the most loveable goof of a museum curator. Alison Doody is interesting as Elsa, the blonde bombshell whom Indy falls for; a twist involving her character and her actions towards the climax make her not as one-dimensional as she may initially appear. Julian Glover is the best of the main Indy villains, he's far more menacing than Paul Freeman's Belloq and less over-the-top but equally enjoyable as Amrish Pruri's Mola Ram. I also enjoyed Michael Byrne's performance as the Jones hating Colonel Vogel, who relishes in torturing Indy and his father. When it comes to pure delightfully nasty villainy, Byrne is even more fun to watch than Glover.
Harrison Ford once again slides effortlessly into the role of Jones, but there's a catch. With the addition of Connery as his father, it reveals a personal side to Indy we haven't seen before. It's his rapport with Connery that strikes that spark that separates this from 99% of the genre. They craft an uncannily touching, funny, and genuine bond unlike any duo I've seen. You could call it a buddy picture, but one with genuine heart and emotion, something filmmakers Michael Bay or Jerry Bruckheimer could learn a thing or two about. The Last Crusade is pure Hollywood movie magic at its best and brightest; bring on Indy 4, I say!
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best of the Trilogy: Ford and Connery Are Remarkable,
By far, "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" is my favorite film of the trilogy. This movie is just absolutely enjoyable to watch from start to finish. Indy is back chasing a religious artifact that a widespread audience can appreciate, battling the Nazis across the skies and desert, and the woman is not the annoying, scream fest of "The Temple of Doom." In particular, I enjoyed two aspects of this film. First, it provides an explanation for many aspects of Indiana Jones's character. For example, we receive background information of Indy's youth, providing an explanation for why he chose the field of archaeology to begin with. Why does Indiana Jones have Harrison Ford's famous chin scar? Why is he named "Indiana?" Where did he get his hat and bullwhip? All of these questions are answered and fleshed out in this film. Secondly, and more importantly, I enjoyed seeing the interaction between Harrison Ford and Sean Connery. It was very nice to see the father/son relationship and development throughout the movie. In the first two movies, Indy's character is rather flat and uninteresting. In "Last Crusade," however, we finally get to see his character come alive and develop.
On top of all the action in this film, the music score is fantastic and really adds depth to the film. The comedy in this film is also immense; "Last Crusade" definitely has a lot of fun. The scene in which Indiana fends off the Nazis on a motorbike, while his father does nothing but frown is classic and cannot be missed. If you haven't seen this film, just go see it. It's that simple.
5.0 out of 5 stars Last Crusade evokes the fun spirit of Raiders.....,
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After having taken a definitively dark turn in 1984's Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, director Steven Spielberg and executive producer George Lucas decided that the third installment of the series should be thrilling, lighter in tone and more upbeat and humorous. In other words, they wanted to recreate the Saturday-matinee serial fun of Raiders of the Lost Ark.
Lucas, Menno Meyjes and screenwriter Jeffrey Boam wrote a story that once again sent the archaeologist/adventurer Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) on the quest for another legendary artifact -- the Holy Grail. And to avoid the inevitable "ho hum, been there, done that" syndrome that sequels often suffer from, they decided to include a father-son dynamic to Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade by casting Sean Connery as Professor Henry Jones.
Although Last Crusade follows the basic structure -- borrowed from the James Bond series -- of the other movies by starting the film with the end of a previous adventure before introducing the main storyline, the film tweaks the formula by showing us Indy's first big adventure...in 1912 Utah, when the future archaeology professor is a Boy Scout (literally) living with his widowed father, Henry Jones. While on a Boy Scouting sojourn in the mountainous desert, young Indy (River Phoenix) wanders into a cave and sees a group of ruffians pilfering the long-lost Cross of Coronado. "That cross is an important artifact," Indy says to a fellow Boy Scout. "It belongs in a museum." Indy sends his friend for help, steals the Cross of Coronado from the ruffians, but ends up being chased as he attempts to escape on foot, horseback and even a circus train. (One of the best scenes in the series: the handsome rogue who was hired to find the Cross by the collector known in the credits as "Panama Hat" tells Indy, "You lost today, kid. But that doesn't mean you have to like it." And in a show of admiration for the kid's spunk and courage, takes off his hat and places it on Indy's head. Spielberg holds the camera on the hat, and in the blink of an eye, we flash forward 26 years and to the conclusion of Indy's search for the Cross of Coronado.)
After this exciting prologue, The Last Crusade gets underway when American millionaire Walter Donovan (The Empire Strikes Back's Julian Glover) commissions Indy to find the missing leader (and his important papers) of Donovan's Holy Grail recovery team. Several clues have been found near Ankara, clues that might lead to the location of the legendary cup used by Jesus at the Last Supper -- a cup that also caught some of His blood at the Crucifixion. But when Indy temporizes, Donovan tells him the identity of the missing team leader...and our favorite archaeologist/adventurer starts out on yet another globe-trotting trek to chase an ancient treasure.
Soon, Indiana Jones, his friend and boss Marcus Brody (Denholm Elliott), Elsa Schneider (Allison Doody) -- a young, sexy Austrian archaeologist who works for Donovan -- and Indy's friend Sallah (John Rhys-Davies) set off on a quest to find the legendary Grail.
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, with its crisp script, thrilling music by John Williams, fine directing by Spielberg and a convincing chemistry between Ford and Connery, is one of the best action films made in the 1980s, and its recent release on DVD proves that it, like the other films in the series, has aged well.
4.0 out of 5 stars A Magnificent Return to What Had Been,
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After the dismal Temple of Doom, I hoped the next Indiana Jones movie would somehow get the story back on track. I hoped for three dimensional characters, a decent storyline, not one wild chase after another. I am pleased to say Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade was that, and a lot more!
Indiana Jones must go to Europe to find his estranged father, played by the great Sean Connery. As fate has it, he finds himself drawn into his father's obsessive quest for the mythical Holy Grail, complete with nazis, femme fatales, and everything else that made the first film a hit.
Forget the second one, people, THIS is the true sequel.
4.0 out of 5 stars A third film rounds out the series,
Another exception to the sequel rule. This is a good movie. Fun to watch. Great plot, great performances. Well worth your time.
4.0 out of 5 stars Sean Connery Shines,
This movie is far superior to The Temple of Doom but falls far short of Raiders of the Lost Ark. Sean Connery is wonderful as Indy's father and it appeared that the makers of this film tried to repackage what they could from the first film. The Nazis are back as the villians and this time instead of the Ark of the Covennant, Indy is after another religious relic; The Holy Grail. (Funny but I remember Monty Python looking for the same thing).
5.0 out of 5 stars with Ford and Connery in this puppy, its sure to be good,
this one is great, the third installment in the series with more action and comedy that blend in good. the end is awesome with the holy dude and the grail, seems like Indy beat the Pythons to the punch, haha. the parts where Connery and Ford bicker are great.enjoy this classic and if you think Spielberg is a crappy director then you should be hung by the testicales
4.0 out of 5 stars Another example....,
...Of a sequel being better than the initial movie of a franchise. "Last Crusade" finishes, (for the nonce,) the trilogy that started with the wildly overrated "Raiders of the Lost Ark" and was continued by the much more promising "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom". Both sequels are far more entertaining than the original.
It's exactly like the "Batman" franchise....the first one being hyped like crazy as being from the director of a successful previous movie, with the promise of eye-popping special effects and spectacular action, and the succeeding sequels being MUCH better...in fact, offering all the action, humor and thrills that "Raiders" was purported to have!
I was GREATLY disappointed when I first saw "Raiders" and wondered what all the fuss was about. Then I saw "Temple of Doom" and I was hooked! "Last Crusade" continues this new tradition, with the added fillip of having the great Sean Connery playing Indiana's father, Henry.
Cinematography is top notch. Comedy is evident in just about every scene, and, as usual, there's a thrill-a-minute action sequence waiting to start just as one finishes. It's obvious that Spielberg, again, didn't so much direct this movie as tell the gaffers where to aim the lights....the hand of Lucas is everywhere. Again..there's the formula of older hero, younger hero and a feisty love interest. Evil, mystical forces in evidence as the basis for the plot....just like in the Star Wars movies. There are even two HUMAN sidekicks to take the place of droids R2D2 and C3PO....Sullah and Marcus Brody!
However, the screenplay offers some very wry dialogue, especially between Indy and his dad...and there is some excellent acting, particularly from Julian Glover and Allison Doody. There are some ingenious scenes involving Connery and Indy BEYOND just the dialogue, too. However, the big disappointment comes at the end, when Indy finally encounters the Knight that guards the Holy Grail. This part looks like it was ripped out of another movie, like "Excalibur" or "Camelot", and doesn't quite jibe with the rest of the film. It also kind of drags this otherwise good film back to the childish "gee whiz" level of the first Indy movie.
Indy's brief is to find the Holy Grail for Donovan, played by Glover, since the original archeaologist they hired to find it got lost. This person was Indy's estranged dad, played by Connery. On his way to do the assignment, he runs into Allison Doody, playing Dr. Elsie Schneider, who had worked with his dad on the project. He eventually finds out that SHE'S in league with the Nazis and, after a night together with her, before he finds THAT out, he finds out that his dad has ALSO had her, which makes for some nice Freudian confrontations between the two. After this is revealed...the real hijinx start in earnest!
I enjoyed this movie like I've enjoyed no other flick with Spielbuck's name on it...it's so obvious that he wasn't the ONLY name involved, however!
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of the Jones flicks.,
My personal favorite of the series, this is the most consistently entertaining of the bunch (which says a LOT). Except for the climactic tank chase, none of the action here really surpases what was accomplished in Temple of Doom in terms of sheer thrills (though a motorcycle chase and zeppelin battle come close), but that's okay. The point of The Last Crusade is that it intends to be a more mature and character-oriented addition to the trilogy, thanks to the addition of Sean Connery, who makes a wonderful dramatic and comedic duo with Harrison Ford. Ford, in particular, delivers the best and most difficult performance of his career. Difficult, you say, but he's just reprising a role he's played twice before, right? True, but this time he has to craft Jones as a character with his own flaws and demons (exemplified by his strained relationship with his father) while still maintaining the larger-than-life action heroics. He pulls it off with flying colors.
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