Until recently with big-budget super-hero films opening in late March and April, Memorial Day weekend has long been the unofficial beginning of the summer movie season. When you take a look at the top ten box office movies over Memorial Day weekend what you find is a collection of sadly mediocre, and downright awful, films. Seven of the top ten are sequels. Of the six I’ve written full reviews for only two have received a passing rating. Memorial Day may begin the summer movie season, but, as these ten movies show, it’s far from the best summer blockbusters have to offer.
The film opens at the height of the Red Scare as Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) fights off Soviet agents, led by Cate Blanchett, who show up to steal a crystal skull from a secret government warehouse. Indy’s failure to stop the theft brings up questions of his loyalty and he finds himself on forced sabbatical from the university.
Indy quickly finds a new outlet when a kid named Mutt Williams (Shia LaBeouf) asks Indy for help in retrieving another crystal skull found by one of Indy’s colleagues (John Hurt) to save his mother Marion (Karen Allen) from the Nazi’s.
So far so good. The adventure is in high gear, and even if the crystal skulls themselves are a bit of a letdown after Arks and Grails, at least they’re better than magic rocks which…glow.
However, the film begins to loose steam as the trek through the jungle infuses many themes not present in other Indy adventures which take over the film’s final act. These include increased mysticism, psychic powers, and even the included mention of Roswell and possibility of extra-terrestrial life. Now, I know these themes can be found in many of the serials George Lucas enjoyed as a kid, but they are glaringly out of place in a adventure series with strong historical ties like Indiana Jones.
Harrison Ford returns as Indiana Jones, though he’s not the first one we see in the role in this third installment of the franchise.
The movie starts with a young Indy (River Phoenix) taking on grave robbers near his home. This short glimpse into his past gives us clues to his fear of snakes, his love of archeology, and where he picked up that trademark hat and whip. This sequence would also be the catalyst for The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles television series.
Following this opening we jump to the present where Indy is told his father (Sean Connery) has disappeared while searching for the location of the Holy Grail. With the help of his father’s assistant (Alison Doddy), Indy travels to Venice to continue the search and find his father.
The search reunites the Jones famly for the first time in years and puts them up against Nazi’s, a secret cult desperate to keep the resting place of the Grail secret, and mysteries and clues which must be solved.
If your entire experience with Indiana Jones is limited to the feature films you’ve been missing out on part of the character’s rich history. Aside from the television adventures, Indy has also graced the covers of many comic books over the years. Let’s take a look at Indy’s adventures in comics over the years.
Travel around the world and be an undercover and on the inside with Indiana Jones in this glorious collection of DVD’s. Just like the first two releases the third installment has us going on one adventure after another and running into some of the most famous people who shaped our world today. Season 3 slows down a bit and gives Indy plenty of time for the ladies. Interesting how every episode he finds time amongst his secret agent status and historical events to woo many a girl and even get engaged or have planned to be engaged to all of them.
Sadly the TV series had to end sometime and it is quite obvious that the producers were running out of steam by the end. A couple of lack luster editions between The Scandal of 1920 and The Hollywood Follies pretty well stopped the train. Yes, the two are entertaining additions, but not nearly as adventurous or cunning as the others. Well maybe there is one other that stood out like a sore thumb, which would be his little tryst with Vlad, the Impaler himself. I watch thinking, okay where’s the hoax, just like with the Scooby Gang I was waiting for the mask to be pulled off and the string found. I certainly must say Masks of Evil was quite interesting and odd.
While Indy’s archaeological expertise is the product of years of university study and hands-on field experience, his ability to recall facts and details has gotten him out of many perilous, life-or-death situations. Now you can test your own memory to see if you’re ready to join Indy on his next expedition!
From time to time we give you the heads up on some serious nerd merchandise. Today, as part of Indiana Jones Week, we delve into cool Indiana Jones merchandise including t-shirts, statues, busts, a new LEGO set for the upcoming film, trading cards, the famous hat and whip, and much, much more. Check out the Full Diagnosis for all the Indy toy goodness!
1984…are you serious? Damn I’m old; I had no idea it came out that long ago. Great thing is it’s just as entertaining today as it was when it released. Brilliant how Indiana Jones flicks can hold the test of time and, with the next installment, it’ll be like they never skipped a beat. I’m going to share a little secret with you, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom is my favorite selection of the series so far. I know it didn’t get a big ass welcome like Raiders did, but I like my films a little darker and not all “PC”. The massive vampire bats, slithering eels out of a python carcass, mmm_mm_yummy monkey brains, crunchy bugs and kids having their hearts ripped out of their chests, now doesn’t that sound like a hell of a good time to you?
Volume Two takes young Indiana Jones (Sean Patrick Flanery) into the ranks of the Belgium Army. He enlists under the name Henri Defense (because he is underage at the time of his enlistment), and joins the war effort to do his part.
The adventures this time around begin with Indy’s role on the front lines in the trenches with his friend Remy (Ronny Coutteure). Over the course of this volume he will fight on the front lines both on the Western Front and in Africa, work as a runner for the French, escape from a German P.O.W. camp with the help of Charles De Gaulle (Herve Pauchon), be drafted into a suicide mission by a company of old soldiers, and spend a stint as a photographer with the famous flyboys of the Lafayette Escadrille which will bring him face-to-face with the Red Baron (Marc Warren).