Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade [Import]
The third episode in Steven Spielberg's rousing Indiana Jones saga, this film recaptures the best elements of Raiders of the Lost Ark while exploring new territory with wonderfully satisfying results. Indy is back battling the Nazis, who have launched an expedition to uncover the whereabouts of the Holy Grail. And it's not just Indy this time--his father (played with great acerbic wit by Sean Connery, the perfect choice) is also involved in the hunt. Spielberg excels at the kind of extended action sequences that top themselves with virtually every frame; the best one here involves Indy trying to stop a Nazi tank from the outside while his father is being held within. For good measure, Spielberg reveals (among other things) how Indy got his hat, the scar on his chin, and his nickname (in a prologue that features River Phoenix as the young Indiana). --Marshall Fine
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I know, I know - Indiana Jones is a paean to the matinee action-adventure films of Spielberg's youth, and it isn't meant to be clever (just as well, because it sure ain't) but any sense of pacing, storyline or (god forbid) acting is ditched in favour of big set pieces and pedal-to-metal ACTION.
Indy engages - across several continents - in down-to-the-wire fights on trains, planes, airships, motorbikes, speedboats, tanks and horses, shags the obligatory blonde vixen (who - quelle surprise - turns out not to have his best interests at heart), defeats the Nazis (again) and patches up things with his estranged Dad and never once do you get the feeling that anyone was in this for anything other than the money.
It's like about four bad Bond films rolled into one - even to the point of featuring Sean Connery! Indeed, I doubt it was far from the director's mind that Indiana Jones might supplant the long standing (but, by 1990, very tired) 007 franchise as the bankable high thrills, no brains, lotsa-formula blockbuster for the 1990s.
Fortunately, Harrison Ford had better things to do.
In this third installment of the Indiana Jones series, the chemistry between Ford and Connery, if it exists at all, is awkward and never seems to click. Both Connery and Ford also have a larger-than-life super hero status in this film which I found rather unconvincing.
"The Last Crusade's" plot of the good guys vs. the evil Nazis is hardly originial as it has been worked to death in so many other action-adventure movies. This makes for a very predictable plot and the viewer can almost figure out the ending even before the movie's over.
Although "The Last Crusade" lacks originality and is something of a retread of "Raiders of the Lost Ark," I still think it's an improvement over "The Temple of Doom." But that's not saying much. Of the three films in the Indiana Jones trilogy, "Raiders" is the best of the three and it's one you'll definitely want to own. As for the others, rent them and then forget them.
This movie is probably the best of the three movies, although I might say that about "The Temple Of Doom" as I sometimes feel that it's a toss-up between these two movies in my opinion but I cannot deny that "The Last Crusade" has the most substance and the most fun of all of the three IJ movies while "Temple Of Doom" suffers a little bit from it's negative portrayal of India and it's people and I feel for these reasons, The Last Crusade is the better one in my opinion and easily the best of the three Indiana Jones movies and is Spielberg's crowning achievement in his entire directing career.
Indiana Jones finds himself reuniting with his father Henry Jones Sr. (played by Sean Connery), and Henry Sr. vanished during his quest for finding the Holy Grail. At first when asked by Walter Donovan and Elsa Schneider to help acquire the cup of Jesus Indiana refuses, but he then reluctantly agrees when he finds out that the archaeologist who was missing was actually his father Henry Jones Sr, who he hadn't spoken to much in 20 years. Donovan is the leader of a Nazi band who is after the Cup of Jesus to use for their evil purpose of attaining the gift of eternal life.Read more ›
Compared to its two siblings, The Temple of Doom and Raiders of the Lost Ark, this is the best of the three, only slightly better than raiders but much superior to The Temple of Doom.
The reasons why i think this is such a great film are numerous- for a start, it has probably the best action sequences ever. It opens with a great bang, as we see a young Indy trying to outsmart a gang of thugs on a train, the train being filled with snakes, lions, tigers and the like, and this is a great sequence and gives us more background on the young Indy, something that the first two films more or less failed to do. The film has many great action pieces right form start to finish. Every action set-piece in the film is smart, lively, fun and quite splendid.
The choice of enemy is great too- instead of the primitives seen in Temple of Doom, we go back to raiders, and the enemy is that most odious of foes, the cunning and evil Nazis. These bring the correct malice to the film so it never becomes too tongue-in-cheek to be innefective.
The cast is great too- everyone seems to be very adept at playing their roles, and as for the lead himself, no-one better could be picked for the job. He's tough, clever but not too nasty, and unlike alot of action stars, pulls off the romance and drama quite nicely. You never feel between the action that the film is wearing itself out.Read more ›
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I rate this one 2nd after "Raiders"...Sean Connery adds zest and humour.
Sean Connery and Harrison Ford in one movie! Love the way they play off each other, the library scene and what the family dogs name was. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
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