Movie Review: Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)


Time for the third part in my series of “Indiana Jones” reviews. So I guess it’s time to just stop with these formalities and just get on with it.

Ladies and gents… “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade”.

Indy (Harrison Ford) is back… again. He is looking for another MacGuffin… again, but this time he is looking for the holy Grail. He is also trying to find his missing father (Sean Connery). He also have to avoid being killed by nazis and death traps and I am starting to see a pattern here. Yes, all of the movies have the same basic plot and that might bug some people… but I don’t mind. I find the plots engaging, entertaining and interesting. So yeah… I like the plot.

The characters in this movie are just all kinds of entertaining. Harrison Ford still knocks it out of the park as Indy, there is no other way of putting it. Sean Connery is fantastic in the role of Indy’s father. But here’s the best part… Ford and Connery has some of the best chemistry I’ve seen in any movie ever. I totally believe their “father/son” relationship, which is kind of funny considering there’s only 12 years between the two actors. Then we also get some really good supporting performances from Denholm Elliott, Alison Doody, John Rhys-Davies, Julian Glover and River Phoenix (R.I.P).

The score for this movie was (like the previous two) composed by the one and only John Williams who again managed to make an absolutely fantastic collection of tracks that perfectly fit the film they’re used in. Seriously, the music’s great and there was never any doubt about it.

Steven Spielberg directed this one as well and once again he did a great job, the shots are great and everything is terrifically done. What I can add here is that I think this movie might have the best action scenes in this franchise. They are fast-paced, well shot, very real and simply fun. From the opening scene with young Indy & the train, to the tank, to the… everything. This movie is constantly moving, never really a minute passes by without SOMETHING happening. It’s an incredibly fast-paced movie that just blew by. It’s also a very funny movie, most of it being the banter between Ford and Connery.

This movie has been very well received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has an 88% positive rating with a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 65/100. Roger Ebert gave it 3,5/4 stars. And on it has a score of 8,3/10 and is ranked #103 on the “Top 250” list. The movie also won 1 Oscar in the category of Best sound effects editing. It also got an additional 2 nominations in the categories of Best sound and Best original score.

Guys, this is a really fun movie that has a good plot, great characters/acting/chemistry, great music, great directing and great action. Time for my final score. KALI M- wrong movie. My final score for “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” is a 9,90/10. It does most definitely get the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.
Seal of Approval

My review of “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” is now completed.

Ya know, after my discovery in the plot department I feel like a certain post is in order (at some point).

12 thoughts on “Movie Review: Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)

  1. I agree with your 9.90/10 rating. This is my fave of the Indiana Jones movies, because of the great chemistry between Harrison Ford and Sean Connery.

    Thanks for reminding me about this film. Time to see it again!

  2. Great write up! LOVE this film. Just bought it on blu ray. My second favorite Indy film after RotLA. And that Williams score is amazing. I remember it was one of the very first scores I ever bought on a CD.

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