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You Chose Wisely: Why The Last Crusade Is Indiana Jones’ Greatest Film

You Chose Wisely: Why The Last Crusade Is Indiana Jones’ Greatest Film

Even Han Solo has come to believe in things of the new millennium, as seen in “The Force Awakens”, where he again tells two younger characters, Rey and Finn, “It’s true. The Force , the Jedi. All of that.” The difference with Indiana Jones is that he is much more difficult to convince.

Putting his father’s life in jeopardy in “The Last Crusade” is a solid, character-driven way to do it. Otherwise, beyond characterization, Indy’s stubborn, anti-Fox-Mulder refusal to believe is about to become a conspiracy. Are we really supposed to think that after all he’s seen in his bizarre and wild escapades, Indy’s mind still isn’t open to the possibility of bright things beyond this raw material?

“Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” is set in 1957, giving it and “The Last Crusade” the same 19-year gap in the fictional Indy timeline as it does in real life. Yet even after venturing out for nearly two decades, Jones defaults to a skeptical outlook, challenging the power of a new MacGuffin with virtually the same line: “I heard [this/that] before going to bed.” When he hears Irina Spalko (Cate Blanchett) extol the “paranormal abilities” of the “saucer men from Mars”, Indy scoffs, “You’re kidding me.”

“Why do you choose not to believe your own eyes?” she asks pointedly.

Good question. When the Nazis open the Ark of the Covenant, Indy would rather close his eyes than watch divine retribution play out. “Don’t look, Marion! he is crying. “Keep your eyes closed! »

In “Dial of Destiny”, Indy repeats that he doesn’t believe in magic but there have been a few times in his life that he’s seen things he couldn’t explain. It’s the understatement of the century, since, among other things, his rich character arc in “The Last Crusade” involves him miraculously faith-healing his father by gunshot with Grail water.

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