Dave’s 3-Word Review:
Buy original trilogy.
Indiana Jones is considered one of the best film franchises in a long time, and it’s not hard to understand why. Harrison Ford is a master at playing the charming, attractive, sly humor type while still being able to pull off great action stunts at the same time. Indiana Jones also gave us original stories based off of legend that we’ve known for centuries, pulling us in for the adventure, alongside Indiana every time. His persona is brave, smart, and righteous in spirit, and he’s never afraid to do whatever it takes in the name of what’s right.
- Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
- Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
- Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
- Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
There is no “overall” story arc here, and each of the films work independently on their own, which is hard to find in a series, alongside the fact that the series is original. However, the basic structure is the same – which is: The film starts out with a big action sequence showing just how tough Indiana Jones really is; then he goes back to teaching archeology at Marshall College for his day job; he is contacted by someone who tells him someone or something is missing, and asks for his help in finding them/it; It has to do with a legend of some sort, usually something we know as well; and then the main bad has some kind of gruesome death after making some kind of bad choice.
That’s the basic formula, and for the most part, it’s followed pretty closely in each film. The only problem is that in the second and fourth film, we have a story that audiences can’t really connect with from the beginning. The second didn’t really have any story or idea that we could relate to, but it still felt like Indiana Jones, and had some truly remarkable and memorable scenes. The fourth one had an idea we could relate to, but I didn’t feel as though that idea belonged anywhere near an Indiana Jones flick, and it disappointed me greatly. Still, the memorable scenes were still there, however infamous they turned out to be.
When it comes down to it, I would love to own the first three films, but not the fourth. I feel like I would just keep on getting disappointed with it, or keep making fun of it, and no matter how seriously I tried to take it, I’d keep finding faults, and that’s just disappointing. However, it needs to be watched at least once, and I mean that. It is Harrison Ford, and he gives his all again here, so in that respect, watch it. Other than that, there’s no need to keep it around like the others.