Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade Reviews
One of the incredible things that is always taken out of films is the score. John Williams returns to compose the film's musical stylings. With this job comes one of the most recognizable themes in film history. The march that accompanies Indiana Jones all around the world is iconic for all film enthusiasts, and even most people who have never seen any of the films. In this third iteration, Williams creates more masterfully written pieces that add a level of depth that only this composer can accomplish. Adventurous at one moment, and mysteriously grandiose the next. His music also conveys character emotion in ways that some other musicians only dream of, and this relationship is shown explicitly with the cast of the movie.
At the forefront of the movie, as well as the whole series, Harrison Ford portrays the charismatic and charming titular Indiana Jones. While the appearance of his "typical" female companion (played by Alison Doody) is welcome and expected in this feature, this is not the character dynamic that defines this movie. Sean Connery's portrayal of Henry Jones, Senior (Indy's father) makes this film stand out, as their dynamic carries the plot in a new way that the series had not attempted in the past. Other stars include returning Denholm Elliott and John Rhys-Davies as Marcus Brody and Sallah, respectively from Raiders. These characters help to bring familiarity to the film as well as providing suitable "bookends" to the series as they both appeared in the first and third films.
From a character standpoint, the villainous characters leave some things to be desired. The main villain played by Julian Glover could have played a larger role in the movie, but since his presence is not the main point of the film, his not perfect character is just bad enough to be believable, but is a footnote compared to the villains of the previous two films.
Some of the film aspects that critics say is that it is too similar to the original film. While some very general things can be considered the same, it is the expansions that are made to the series that allows for a much more interesting experience. The action is on par or better than the other two films, or at the very least has higher stakes for the characters involved. The plot moves forward by this action, as well as the characters' interactions with each other. Indy and his father both change for the better in the movie; they learn to respect each other and repair their relationship after years of separation; It is through this bond that ensures these first three movies have a satisfying conclusion.