MovieRob’s Birthday Bash of Favorites 2022 (#23 of 49) – Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) – Encore Review 3


January is my birthday month, so I decided that I would try and do something quite unique and special for this milestone in my life. I will be turning 48, so I decided to watch 49 (48+1 for good luck) of my all time favorite movies in a random order over the course of this month.  I have reviewed every one of these films already, but I will now give new perspectives on them all. Every one of these films received a 10/10 scoring from me.  Some of these reviews will contain spoilers so if you have never seen them before, I recommend that you read some of my previous reviews of the film that are spoiler free before reading on…

Hope you enjoy!

This is film #23 of the 49.

Let’s continue with… 

“You lost today, kid. But that doesn’t mean you have to like it.” – Fedora

Initial Viewing Memories – Saw this opening weekend after lots of anticipation and it clearly lived up to the hype of the third installment in this great series.

Number of Times Seen – Way too many to count (A few times in the theater, cable, video, DVD, 14 Apr 2000, 24 Apr 2014 and 20 May 2018) and 14 Jan 2022)

Link to original reviewHere and Here

Brief Synopsis – Indiana Jones must travel to Venice to try and help an expedition trying to find the Holy Grail.

My Take on it – This is a film that helps put the cap of the Indiana Jones trilogy (yes.. I said trilogy).

The character of Indiana Jones was also so iconic when this was made and the ability to create another compelling adventure for him to partake in was great.

Harrison Ford is amazing in this role and allows the audience to care so much about him as things move along.

The choice to cast Sean Connery as his father is great because despite the small age difference between the two actors, they have such amazing chemistry together that works on so many levels.

The bickering that they do throughout is so much fun to watch and that enhances the tone of the film in great ways.

The story is filled with lots of action, humor and even brings back some previous characters who were sorely missed in the previous film in the series.

The music by John Williams is superb and adds so much more tension and fun into everything that transpires here.

The premise of seeking the Holy Grail is also great because it can easily be understood on numerous levels as a metaphor for so many aspects of life.

Also love the way that the opening prologue of the movie gives explanations for many of the symbols that have defined this character so well beforehand.

Highly Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Harrison Ford nominated River Phoenix to play him as a teenager, having worked with him before on his favorite of his many movies, The Mosquito Coast (1986). When describing how he prepared for playing the role, Phoenix explained that he didn’t really base his portrayal on the Indiana Jones character, but on Harrison Ford. So he observed Ford out of character before acting his part. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)

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