"Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" Film Review
By: Nathaniel Simpson
Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) is back for a new adventure, journeying to find the sacred Fountain of Youth. However, this time he is joined by his estranged father (Sean Connery), after rescuing him from kidnappers who believed he knew the location of the Fountain. From there, the duo are racing against the Nazis to the treasure in this fun sequel to the two classic films before it.
The movie, like its predecessors, has a lot of comedic action. Perhaps more so due to the chemistry and bickering between Ford and Connery. The movie doesn't really seem as adventurous as the previous two installments. It seems more like a western compared to the jungle escapades present in "Temple of Doom".
Some people enjoy the wilderness and western attributes to this film; myself, on the other hand, enjoyed the more tropical and jungle-filled adventures of the first two. Don't get me wrong, this film is still extremely enjoyable due to the writing and performances given by the actors, yet I had wished they would venture back into the jungle for another mission.
Connery, even though he is older than most of the characters in this film, breathes a fresh of air into this film, making it very funny in any scene he's in. He seems very old, cantankerous, and a tad selfish. A hilarious scene in the film is when they think that Indiana fell to his death. Connery starts to grieve his son's death, and wish he had been kinder to his son. What they don't know though is that Indiana is walking up from behind them, having survived the encounter between him and a Nazi officer. When Connery sees Ford in the scene, he does a complete 180 and is back to being his rude, stubborn self, to Indy's chagrin. It is an excellent scene that really shows off the interactions between Indy and his father.
At times, this film does seem to drag or take too long to get from one place to another, but is redeemed by the amazing action sequences and terrific characters. This definitely felt like a step-down compared to the previous two films, but still very enjoyable nonetheless.