Monday, October 17, 2011

Movie of the Week – Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

This week’s movie is Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989).

The film is the third in the series and is about Indy’s quest to find the Holy Grail. Steven Spielberg returns as director (having done all four in the series), bringing with him his fantastic crew including: composer John Williams (delivering possibly my favorite of all his iconic scores), cinematographer Douglas Slocombe and production designer Elliot Scott (it was the last film both Slocombe and Scott worked on). George Lucas produced and came up with the story, but really the film is amazing thanks to Spielberg’s Hollywood-style auteur directing and the phenomenal cast, who bring both good performances and characters to the screen but also a lot of fun (as this is maybe the funniest of the franchise). The film stars Harrison Ford and features supporting work from Sean Connery, Denholm Elliot, Alison Doody, John Rhys-Davies, Julian Glover, and River Phoenix. While Raiders of the Lost Ark is universally regarded as the best in the series, Last Crusade is my favorite. Both films share many fantastic scenes and sequences, great jokes and Indy fighting against Nazis, but Last Crusade has Connery. His scenes playing against Ford and their chemistry are what make this film all the more special. I recommend this film (and the whole initial trilogy) to all movie-lovers. Check out the trailer.

Available on DVD and Trilogy Box Set

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