Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade is a classic action-adventure film directed by Stephen Spielberg and written by George Lucas. It is also the third film in the Indiana Jones franchise, a series about a cunning and intelligent archaeologist who travels around the world recovering precious and often supernatural artifacts.
The Last Crusade sees the beloved archaeology professor Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) on yet another globe-trotting adventure, where he must search for treasure, make daring rescues, and fight against familiar foes. It’s the longest and arguably most complex narrative so far in the Indiana Jones franchise, resulting in an action-packed thrill ride with tons of fun sequences and memorable characters.
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The Movie Review
The Last Crusade takes place in 1938, two years after the events of the first Indiana Jones film, Raiders of the Lost Ark. As a seasoned treasure hunter, professor of archaeology, and all-around ladies man, Indiana Jones has seen plenty of adventure. After settling some life-long aspirations, Indiana is ready to settle back into his routine as a university teacher.
After receiving a mysterious package from Venice Italy, Indiana meets with Walter Donovan (Julian Glover), a man seeking the ultimate treasure – the Holy Grail. Although he’s not as interested in seeking out the Grail initially, Indiana soon changes his mind when he learns that his estranged father, Henry Jones (Sean Connery), has disappeared while seeking the treasure.
Indiana’s search for his missing father and the famed Holy Grail is jam-packed with excellent action scenes, funny and interesting dialogue, and a nice dose of fan service. Harrison Ford really hits his stride in the lead role, offering a confident and occasionally cartoonish hero that’s easy to love. Sean Connery offers a similarly fantastic performance as Henry Jones, with the two actors working very well together.
The chemistry between Ford and Connery further cements the father-son bonding theme of the film, which provides some touching emotional moments. To add a bit of comedic relief, Indiana’s bumbling museum connection Marcus Brody (Denholm Elliot) comes along for the ride, providing some fish-out-of-water antics as he tries to keep up with the hectic action. The Last Crusade also features one of the best female characters in the entire franchise, the scheming and intelligent Elsa (Alison Doody).
When compared to the previous two films, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade is longer and it features more vehicle-based action, and skimps a bit on the traditional tomb raiding. Throughout the entire movie, it seems like Indiana is always running after or being chased by someone, resulting in some exceptionally intense getaway scenes.
Whether on a boat, in a plane, driving a motorcycle, or on a tank, The Last Crusade provides some truly exciting set-piece scenes. There’s a mixture of both practical effects and aging “special effects”, but for the most part, the action is explosive and satisfying. Although it might not feature as many ancient tomes and mystical locations as the previous movies, The Last Crusade has much more action.
As the third movie in the franchise, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade takes what worked with the previous movies and expands upon them, providing more action and more backstory on our beloved hero.
With the exception of using a few retreaded story beats from earlier movies, The Last Crusade is a refreshingly fun and explosive narrative with plenty of great characters. Some fans might be disappointed by the lack of classic adventuring, there are still numerous booby-traps and riddles to make up for that. Thanks to great performances from every cast member, edge-of-your-seat action, and an exceptional script, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade is arguably the best movie in the series.
- Good variety of action set-pieces
- Great new characters
- Interesting locations and story
- Borrows some old plot points
- Feels a bit long