This was even better than I remember it being. I always
remember it being good, but a little over-the-top because of all the
humour involved. I thought all the gags brought the show down.
This time, I disagree! The whole movie was non-stop action,
with little comedy bits introduced every so often to keep the movie even.
Without them, it could have been quite a dark movie.
The young Indy part was, of course, classic. As a scout,
young Indy finds an archaeologist digging up the Cross of Coronado.
He steals it, and is chased across fields until he gets to a moving circus
train. In one scene, we get Indy's fear of snakes, his whip, and
the scar on his chin explained. And just a short scene later, when
the cross is given back to the archaeologist, he gets his hat, and the
model for his life.
Of course, as an adult, he gets to steal the cross back again.
And he gives it over to the museum. He leaves his office through
the window, to get away from all the unmarked papers and questioning students.
But the men in the black coats and cars find him, and bring him
to see Donovan, who is searching for the Holy Grail, and seems to have
lost Indy's father, Henry, in Venice, while close on the trail of the grail.
Indy and Marcus go in search of Henry, meet up with the beautiful
Dr Schneider, and discover the tomb of the knight who discovered the grail
centuries ago. They barely escape with their lives, as they encounter
a group of people devoted to keeping the location of the grail secret.
They make their way to Austria to rescue Henry, while Marcus
goes to Egypt to meet with Saleh to start looking for the temple that hides
the grail. Indy rescues his father, but they are captured when Dr.
Schneider turns out to be a Nazi.
They escape in yet another great motorcycle chase, and go to
Berlin to steal Henry's grail diary back. In Egypt, Marcus is captured
by the Nazis.
Henry and Indy travel by Zeppelin out of Berlin, but are chased
nonetheless. Indy takes the plane tied to the base of the Zeppelin
and flies it over Germany, chased by fighter bombers. They manage
to defeat the two fighters using a tunnel and some seagulls.
They make their way to Egypt, and try to rescue Marcus.
The ensuing tank chase is worth the movie price in itself. It's great!
Unfortunately, the effect of the tank's demise is poorly done, and spoils
part of the sequence.
But the entire team eventually makes it to the temple.
But the Nazis are there first. There seem to be several soldiers
there with their heads chopped off. Indy is discovered, and his father
is shot. That gives him good incentive to find the grail. Indy
passes successfully through the three booby traps, and meets the knight
of the Round Table who is guarding the grail.
Donovan and Dr. Schneider follow him in, and Donovan chooses
the wrong grail, killing himself. Indy finds the right one, and,
after getting a bit of immortality himself (just to be sure), he brings
a cup full to his father, saving his life.
But Dr. Schneider is not satisfied with that. She wants
the grail. She takes it across the protective seal in the floor,
and the temple starts falling apart. Her greed then kills her in
a tumble to the depths of the Earth. Indy almost succumbs to the
same fate, but his father saves him by showing him that his son is more
important than the grail.
We finally learn the origin of the name Indiana (their dog),
and they ride off into the sunset!
Funny, action-packed, and a meaningful renewing of the father-son
relationship. That makes for a great movie. Truly enjoyable.
There are so many great parts that I don't think I can choose a favourite
moment. The favourite joke has to be "No ticket", but a very close
runner up is when they discover a drawing of the Ark of the Covenant on
a wall in the tomb, and she wants to know if he's sure that's what it is.
"Pretty sure," he says! The in-jokes were great.
No longer will I consider this to be second to Raiders.
It has to be ranked equal. I can't bare to give it better marks,
but it comes even, I think.