Sunday, 4 February 2018

Review: Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

The third instalment of the Indiana Jones Quadrilogy is a return to form as Indy is back looking for holy relics while fighting Nazis again. Additional magic comes from pairing him up with Connery as his father.

The result is an absorbing quest for the Holy Grail with plenty of comic notes while preserving the thrills and occasional moments of horror.  Plotwise, there's a lot of similarities with Raiders, but the Father-Son dynamic keeps it fresh.

Also of note is an extended opening sequence which looks inspired by early silent comedies. It's a wonderful piece of slapstick starring the late Phoenix and features a horse and train chase that explains various bits of the future archaeologist's attire, his hatred of snakes and his chin scar. 

Verdict: Breathless action fun

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