Before I officially start my review and experience with the Indiana Jones movies, let me just take a moment to stare at this…
Okay, I’m back.
You’re probably sitting there confused. What? Indiana Jones review? Did I drunkenly walk into a time machine last night and wake up in 1984? You’re also probably wondering, if I did, how am I still on the internet like this? Did I travel to 1984 in an alternate universe? Sit tight. You did not.
I was born in 1988, and I know that no matter what year you were born, this should be one of those trilogies that EVERYONE should have seen by now (yes, I’m calling it a trilogy.. I’m not counting the one that came out in the 2000’s). I’m just as surprised as you are. My dad is a huge Indy fan, and even though I watched a lot of films and tv shows with him, I somehow never ended up watching these movies with him. If I did, it was only glimpses and not the entire movie. So, now that I’ve finally seen these movies, I’m going to review it as a 25 year old newbie.
Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark:
Although this one was a lot of fun, and I really enjoyed the ending with all of the Nazi’s burning alive (oh, umm.. “spoilers”), I actually think this is my least favorite of the three. I think my reasoning is because the ending is really the only part that sticks out in my mind. That, and snakes. All in all, I still had fun watching this one.
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom:
This one I enjoyed every moment aside from the female lead. She was pretty obnoxious and was way too “girly” for this type of movie. I suppose it was more of a ‘damsel in distress’ type, but after a while it got old fast. Perhaps if a different actress was cast in this film, I would have felt differently. Luckily, the movie itself was so good that I was able to overcome the annoyance I felt as the movie went on. Also, the young boy, Short Round, was a fun character as well. He just sort of appears out of no where helping out Indy in the beginning, you have no idea how or why, but he was pretty funny. I also loved that Short Round really looked up to Indy and would copy his actions (whether it be sleeping, or fighting). He was also quite the little hero of the film. Constant action and keeping you at the edge of your seat, as well as Indy saving all of those children at the end. Fun and heart warming.
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade:
Probably my favorite out of the three. Which is weird because normally I prefer the first movie of a trilogy to the sequels, but maybe it was because I watched these movies within the span of 2-3 days. I absolutely loved Sean Connery as Indy’s father, and I also really enjoyed the female lead in this. I had an inkling that she was a baddie from the beginning, but I was okay with it. She was manipulative to both Indy and his father, and fought for all of the wrong reasons, but she was still likable (at least to me). Also, in the end it turned out she did in fact have a soft spot for the Jones’ (how could you not?). I also finally understand the, “You have chosen wisely” reference! I am a part of society now!!
*Sigh*, okay, you can be on with your day now.