This was one of the first movies I remember wanting to see in cinema. It is still fantastic. The funniest in the Indiana Jones series and the one that brings back the great formula of the original ("evil Nazis and secret archaeological codes"). Sean Connery and Harrison Ford has great chemistry together as father and son.
I am aligned with the late Barry Norman with this being my favourite Indiana Jones film. That is because I am sentimental and have father issues. Still, I love that the Lucasarts adventure game adaptation manages to thoroughly take the piss out of its sappy paternalism! I wrote a paper about this for my MA on how you can't take the object acquisition out of Indiana - was dismissed as a 'very slight' topic by my tutor
Very disappointing. Where the original was clever, this one is dull; the original had a childlike-sense of wonder, this is just childish. The script writing is lazy and hacky and most of the humor lands with a thud. I hated the backstory opening, found the ending weak, and was bored for big chunks in between. Ford is as charismatic as ever, and Connery has some nice moments, but it's not enough to save it. It's a C.
Dynamic approach gives the sense of grand epic that covers a day in life from the past, catacombs of Venice, chase through Austrian countryside, book burning in Nazi Germany and Middle East search for Holy Grail. Unconventional movie bond between father and the son brings warmth and charm, while the rest stays creative with action sequences, booby traps and clever blend of actual history with mysticism and adventure.
The worst of the original three...Harrison Ford is getting older and we can already start to tell. The script is full of corny dialogue and needless, incessant exposition. The visual effects are overdone and too much time is spent on trying to make jokes.A shadow of its predecessors...
Of all the Indiana Jones sequels, this one comes closest to capturing the greatness of the original. Much of what I liked in "Raiders of the Lost Ark" can be found (to one degree or another) in this film: an epic story, great characters, memorable dialogue, thrilling action, and a shamelessly unrelenting sense of fun.