Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) – Movie Review
29th May 2021 Written by Trisha Walkden
One of my favourite franchises of all time is the Indiana Jones series. From the first moment Indiana Jones was introduced in Raiders of the Lost Ark, I was hooked. A fan of all of the films in the series, there is a special place in my heart for Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Beginning with an introduction to Indiana’s (Harrison Ford) childhood, we learn about Indiana’s father and his obsession with the Holy Grail. This obsession doesn’t change as his father grows older, and eventually, Indiana is forced to come to his father’s rescue. Using research from his father’s journal, Indiana has to decipher clues to find his father and, hopefully, the Holy Grail itself.
Brilliantly paced and constructed, we are given excellent introductions to each character. Throughout the film, each character is given depth through clever scripting, allowing us to be told and shown more of who they are. The chemistry between Indiana and his father (played by Sean Connery) is the film’s highlight. Bouncing off each other with witty dialogue as they battle together against each other and the enemy, we enjoy every moment they are together on screen.
The visuals are excellent, and various locations scattered across the world create a palette full of vibrant colours. Each location adds to the story, and the historical emphasis culminates in a touching finale at the beautiful and mysterious Petra. The soundtrack by John Williams is, as always, excellent and memorable.
Overall, filled with excellent acting, story, visuals and soundtrack, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade is a film you cannot go past. Please do yourself a favour and buy the boxset on 4K when it is released to celebrate the franchise’s 40th anniversary!
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) is Available on Blu-ray & DVD!