Starring: Harrison Ford, Sean Connery – Directed By: Steven Spielberg
Running Time: 2hr 11 min – Genre: Action Adventure
Since this is going to be my official last post, I decided to end it with this movie as it is the “Last Crusade” that Kimmay! and I shall be a part of. That being said I wish Big JD a long and prosperous ride with his blogs and hope that it continues to blossom for him.
This is my favorite of the Trilogy (yes Trilogy I don’t count that other movie that claims to be part of Indy’s world) You get to see the connection between Indy’s past and how and why he does what he does, and his relationship with his father and his father’s passion for finding the Holy Grail.
What I felt went right with the story was giving it some background, going back and showing us how Indy became Indy, and how he progressed so far. What I didn’t like about the story is that it does kind of beat a dead horse when Indy is always getting involved with Nazi’s and end of the world situations cause because the Nazi’s are wanting to find a supernatural way of ending the world.
Sean Connery playing Henry Jones Sr. make worth watching this movie to me, he plays a role that is passive yet firm especially with Indy.
It was good to see Julian Glover added as the bad guy as he tends to play those kind of roles as he was in Empire Strikes back as General Veers he plays the greedy entrepreneur that wants to use the cup for personal gain as well as to sell to the Nazi’s.
There are quite a bit of holes in the movie and areas were not completely thought through like, for example…if you heard a loud CLANG in your library and it happened every time you stamped the book, yeah that’s funny to us but wouldn’t you think as a librarian you would go check that out?
Overall this to me is the best Indiana Jones movie and it is a must watch for all Indiana Jones fans.
P.S I am very glad that we finally got to finish a trilogy while being part of the Movie Review Crew. I’ve had fun and hope that you all continue to read as BIG JD kicks it old school and still pumps out the reviews for you guys. I’ve had a blast and hope you all enjoyed the movies we’ve review and will continue to review.
Now this is my favorite Indy movie. I remember the first time I watched it with my cousins they tried to force me to watch the part were thy guy turns to dust but I was a wimp and refused…I knew nothing good was gonna come from drinking out of the wrong goblet. They made fun of me the rest of the time I was in Oklahoma but the funny parts totally out weighed the one.
I didn’t realize how much of this movie I had forgotten until I watched it last night. I was giggling through most of, especially when Dr. Henry Jones entered the scene. The relationship between father and son was hilarious. I loved it whenever Indy removed a few of the bad guys and would look to his dad for a “way to be son” look and would get a “are you serious” look instead. But the touching moments were when at one time or another they thought the other was dead or dying.
When it came to the script, I liked the idea of finding the Holy Grail. I also thought it was fun that the writers mentions the Arc of the Covenant. But the script was witty and kept you engaged in the film.
If you haven’t watched the Indy series I totally recommend it. Might skip the last one though. Wasn’t what it could have been for an Indiana Jones film, but it did have a few shining moments.
So I give this movie…
Warning: This review is full of spoilers.
I won’t lie… the first 40 seconds of this movie could totally be a Man-Thing sequel. Ha! Lots of laughin’. Just a jk’n you and stuff. The beginning of this film spawned The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles Television series that ran for oh about a year. It starred Patrick Flanery as the young Indiana Jones (a far cry from River Phoenix) but, without Patrick we wouldn’t have had the Boondock Saints Duo. I will proceed now.
River Phoenix plays a wonderful Indiana Jones. Facial expressions, body mannerisms, voice inflections the whole yard. We lost someone special when we lost River Phoenix. Well, it looks as if Leonardo DiCaprio filled in just fine right? He just stepped right in there didn’t he. Anyway this beginning we get to see what inspires him the rest of his life.
In this movie we get to go back to the original formula. Using the college as the Base of operations and his sanctuary. And a pleasant addition of Indy’s father. BTW When they found his fathers house in shambles how did Marcus know that it was “today’s” mail he was looking at? Something to think about. A lot of the same was used to make it an Indiana Jones movie such as the fake punch sounds, overacted action sequences, Nazi’s, A huge map that has a red line showing their travelling distance and the most important. An ancient artifact that has to be found. In this case it is the Holy Grail. BTW can you open your eyes in petroleum? Looks like that would burn. Even if it is mixed with water it would have to be concentrated enough to actually set a flame. The girl (Elsa) is pretty lackluster and forgettable in this movie. Another blonde, what are ya gonna do? You find out later why she doesn’t fit that role well. Greed kills. I loved Harrison Ford’s Irish or is that Scottish accent. Either one whatever, it was amusing. It is the first time we see Indy wearing a long tie with his classic brown shirt.
A complaint I have though is that halfway through this movie the bantering between father and son get old quick. The movie at times just seems to be regurgitated bits and pieces from the previous two films. Although getting Hitler’s autograph was pretty original. Maybe because it has a lack of leading lady. Maybe Sean Connery takes the place of the leading lady? One thing I’ve figured out is that Indiana fights best when he’s on the move. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a motorcycle or a tank he fights all over the place. Junior!
Just a little bit more “fantasy” then the other two movies but not too much. This still ranks as third for me in the trilogy. Mainly because I found most of this movie to be slightly boring. Boring for an Indiana Jones movie anyway. But it’s a must see for any fan.
I would like to end this review by saying that this will be the final review with our other 2 members of the Movie Crew. Ran-Dizzle and Kimmay! Are moving on to greener pastures. Mainly pastures that don’t make them write a movie review every week. It’s ok. It can be daunting at times but I’m here for YOU. I will remain here. The Movie Crew will be a crew of ONE. I will though take a few weeks off in February. And you will see posts again late Feb. or first week of March. I want these reviews to stay original in content so, things may change or things may stay somewhat similar. Thank you to all of our followers. You reading is what keeps me doing this.