#106: Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)

When and how did I watch this?

August 31st, 2016, on Amazon Instant Video

Had I seen this film already?


What did I know about the movie before watching it?

Much of it was still in my memory, including the classic grail scene.

What do I know about it now?

“Elsa, let it go.”

Yes, this happened.  At the brink of her demise, the lovely Elsa, a deceptive Nazi supporter, loses the grail and goes to reach for it one last time, meets her doom.  What I find strange about this film, including this scene, is how we don’t feel sorry for her end or anyone else’s demise.  Indy and his dad are under constant duress, and their escapes make them seem nearly immortal, in contrast to the other tough guys who riddle the film and die without us really caring.  Of course, The Last Crusade isn’t without its moments of seriousness and tension, mostly sandwiched between intense fight scenes and endless hilarious one-liners from the heroes. It’s a fun film, rife with the aforementioned skirmishes, awesome settings, and classic Indiana Jones snark.

What are some themes in the film?

Greed, pride, family, some historical backdrops (Bible history, WWII)

Did this affect me personally?

How can anyone forget Donovan’s holy error? Terrifying, but also hilarious.

Why is this ranked #106?

The Indiana Jones franchise and Harrison Ford’s height of popularity as the timeless character bolster this film’s rankings.  There are several films better than this one, but most people don’t care because it’s too much fun.

Did my wife watch/like it?

She’d seen it before as well.  Again, it’s a fun watch for her.

Would I watch it again?


Would I recommend it to a friend?

Most of my peers have seen this film.  Some others might need to catch up.  You’d be missing out on the original Pirates of the Caribbean series.

Does it deserve to be on this list as one of the greatest films of all time?

Probably.  Indiana Jones in particular is one of the most compelling heroes in cinema history.  You can’t go wrong with including any of the first three films of the series on this list. However, this one is possibly the weakest and the lightest of the trio.

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