Top Five Trilogies – #3 Indiana Jones

In yesterday’s blog, I talked about my fourth ranked trilogy of all time, Jurassic Park.  Who doesn’t love dinosaurs?  I know I do, as I regularly promote Raptor Awareness: https://mayeronmovies.wordpress.com/2012/08/24/top-five-trilogies-4-jurassic-park/.

Today, we are going to continue on with the list, with the #3 choice.

3. Indiana Jones

Yes, I know there have been four Indiana Jones movies, but for the basis of this countdown, we are going to go with the original three films: Raiders of the Lost Ark, Temple of Doom and The Last Crusade.

While this trilogy includes admittedly my least favourite of the fifteen movies that I am going to talk about, the sheer fun factor of seeing Harrison Ford carry a series by himself, away from Star Wars, and seeing him kick all kinds of Nazi ass more than make up for what Temple of Doom is lacking.

Steven Spielberg, who was Executive Producer on all three Transformers movies, and directed two of the Jurassic Park movies, is back as director for all three Indiana Jones movies in this trilogy.  Just something about Spielberg apparently that I love his work.

The first movie, simply titled Raiders of the Lost Ark, introduced us to the character of Dr. Henry (Indiana) Jones, an archaeologist who travels to remote places around the world in search of rare artifacts to be preserved in museums.  We also see Indy in a classroom environment as a professor of archaeology.  As the movie progresses, we see Indy travel to Egypt to try to find the famed Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis do.

This movie was designed as an old 30’s serial movie by writer George Lucas, and what better enemy for that time period than the Nazis.  The joy of this movie was seeing Indy and friends outsmart the Nazis, and also gave us one of the more memorable scenes in cinematic history when Indy simply shoots an adversary instead of fighting him.

Raiders is commonly listed as one of the best movies of all time.  The same cannot be said for Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.  This is my least favourite film not only of the trilogy, but all of the Indiana Jones movies.  Filmed as a sequel to avoid overuse of Nazis, Temple gives us some funny scenes, but is definitely a darker movie, reflecting the minds of Spielberg and Lucas who had both just recently gone thru divorces.  The pulling of a still beating heart from a man’s chest is still a tad too much for me to this day.

Finally, we have Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.  This movie introduces us to Indy’s father, Henry Jones, Sr., deftly played by Sean Connery.  Crusade also brings back Nazis as the films villains, which is perfect, as everyone loves Nazis as foils.  Once again borrowing from Christian beliefs, this film centres on finding the Holy Grail.  This film had a much lighter tone to balance the darker one from Temple and is commonly listed as the second best film of the series.

While not religious, I find it amusing that my favourite two films are the ones that deal more with common Christian ideas than the other films do.  The reason this series sits in the #3 spot for me is because the enjoyment of Raiders and Crusade far outweigh the darker tone of Temple and spark the history lover inside of me.

Of course, the series continued with Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, which I really enjoy, and the rumour persist of a possible fifth instalment in the next couple of years.  I only hope this happens before Harrison Ford no longer feels comfortable with the fedora and bullwhip.  Also, who the hell doesn’t love a good fedora?

For this and more, follow me on Twitter at @kymayer.  Cheers.

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