I’ll tell you about my favorite Indiana Jones in a minute. In fact, I’ll cover all of the Indiana Jones movies in this particular post. Past and future movies, and I’ll try to be nice to them to the best of my ability. Because why not? I’ve already discussed the movies in the Star Wars franchise, and in the Resident Evil franchise as well. So, naturally, the time has come for the Indiana Jones franchise.
And frankly, the other reason for this particular post is the LEGO Indiana Jones game. In fact, we do have LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures. And LEGO Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues. Both of them are currently on sale together with some classic LucasArts Indiana Jones games.
But What Is LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures About You Might Ask?
Well, in essence, it’s s a Lego-themed action-adventure video game. Developed by Traveller’s Tales and published by Disney Interactive that is. Also, the game allows the player to recreate moments from all the first three Indiana Jones, and it features the same drop-in/out co-operative play.
Not to mention there are 82 (standard) playable characters in total. Furthermore, 23 characters are given to players in the story, and 59 characters which may be purchased from the in-game library. However, the sequel Lego Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues mostly includes game levels for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008). As previously mentioned, we do have both of these games on sale and if you’re a fan of this franchise, make sure not to miss them.
Have You Heard About the Secret of the Incas?
As a huge fan, I am of the original Indiana Jones, I’m sad to say that I just recently found out about the Secret of the Incas. What’s that you might ask? Well, it’s an old (and I do mean old) movie from 1954 with Charlton Heston in the lead role. He’s Harry Steele in the movie. A tour guide and an adventurer/archaeologist who searches for a hidden Inca treasure in the jungles of Peru. And the tone of the movie, the look of Harry Steel and the swagger of the character are almost identical to Indiana Jones. Entire set pieces, scenes and even plots that are in Secret of the Incas can also be found in plenty of Indiana Jones movies.
Honestly, I watched Secret of the Incas just recently and my suspicions were confirmed. There is not one original thought in Hollywood. Everything is a copy of a copy. Or an homage, as Hollywood likes to spin the narrative. However, for what it is, the Secret of the Incas is really a decent adventure movie. For that particular time at least it was wow. Heston is really good (and hella good looking I might add) and it’s a really good old-timey adventure movie.
Which Movie From The Original Indiana Jones Trilogy Is The Best?
Well, it’s a matter of personal preference. And I’m sorry to say that I can’t pick just one. For me anyway, it’s a tie between Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. A very close tie. The first because it was so terrifying in nature, and the second because of the presence of Sean Connery and young River Phoenix. And when I mean scary, I do mean scary. I vividly remember having nightmares well after watching the infamous dinner scene. No wonder Spielberg made amendments to the MPAA ratings afterward. I have no idea how on Earth my parents allowed me to watch this movie.
But when I come to think of it, I watched pretty good yet wacky movies when I was a child. Movies that I was too young to understand (One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest for instance). Or movies that were too scary for a young kid (the original Wicker Man for instance). And I wasn’t even a latchkey kid, but I digress.
Nevertheless, can we all agree on how wonderfully Harrison and Sean blended together in The Last Crusade? They worked so well, and their on-screen presence, their fantastic chemistry really showed through in the mutual scenes. Connery was sweet, and amazing as always. The father-son bond was adorable and it’s probably the main reason the movie worked so well. OK, aside from the fact that it was really good of course, but the chemistry helped. A lot!
Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull Was A Nightmare!
Unlike the original three movies from the ’80s, the 2008 movie was a nightmare to sit through. And believe me, „nuke the fridge scene“ was the least of my pet peeves. Let’s just say I had a similar reaction to the boys of South Park when I left the movie theater. And I actually finished the movie. Oh boy… Where do I begin with this one? Why couldn’t Spielberg kept is simple? So many unnecessary sub-plots and monkeys and aliens and UGHHHHHHHHHHHHH. It’s way too confusing and complicated for its own good.
A Slight Hope For Movie Number 5?
First and foremost, let me start this segment by saying that Harrison Ford is way too old to play this role. Again!!!. And yes, I’m going for ageism here, but the man is going to be almost 80 by the time this movie is released in the movie theaters.
I don’t care how well how good of shape he thinks he is, he’s a senior citizen. When they can label 40-year-old actresses as too old for certain parts, I can say the same for Harrison at the ripe old age of 78. For Indiana Jones that is. And the noble thing here would be to pass the torch to someone younger (decades younger) what could do a decent job with this iconic role. Unless we’re looking at a movie in which Indiana Jones sits in a rocking chair 90% of the time. And let’s face it. Nobody wants to see that.
However, two things give me hope for the fifth installment. Firstly, Jonathan Kasdan is writing the script. He’s Lawrence Kasdan’s son and he grew up on his father sets (including Raiders of the Lost Ark). And secondly, James Mangold is the pick for director of this movie. To which I say… Good. He’s really a good director who managed to turn Logan into a „Swan Song“ for the good old Wolverine. And who knows, he might do the same about the good old Indiana Jones.
Which Is Your Favorite Indiana Jones Movie?
Seriously. Which one of the 4 current Indiana Jones movies is your favorite? Tell us in the comment section. We’d love to know.