Indiana Jones movies: “The Last Crusade”

Is Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade the ultimate adventure experience?

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
(USA 1989, director: Steven Spielberg)

Indy’s father goes missing when he’s close to finding the Holy Grail, and it’s up to his son to save him from the clutches of the Nazis.

The third installment brings back everything that made the first one great, including globe trotting and fighting Nazis, this time in Venice, Italy and even Austria and Germany. One also learns about how Jones got his first name, his whip skills, and snake phobia. Having Sean Connery as Indy’s father is great as well, as there are more than enough funny scenes between Harrison Ford and him. It all sounds like the perfect Indy movie, and on paper it certainly is, but maybe this is what doesn’t make it so special anymore.

Even if there’s more mystery and clue finding involved and the movie tells a more intricate story than Raiders of the Lost Ark, it plays it too safe at times. Action scenes and memorable humorous situations, even including Hitler, are all well and good, but somehow Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom felt fresher and the first one obviously more original. It’s certainly a great adventure flick with fun one-liners, some violent scenes and a few unexpected twists. In a nutshell, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade is entertaining from start to finish, but doesn’t offer a lot of surprises for those who’ve seen the first movie.

Score: 8/10

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About nufafitc

Being an avid gamer, cinemaniac, and bookworm in addition to other things the internet and new media present, I'm also very much into DIY music, rock and pop in particular. Writing short or longer pieces about anything that interests me has always made me happy. As both an editor for German website "Adventure-Treff" and UK website "Future Sack", I like to write reviews and news about recent developments in the movies, games and book industry.
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