Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
USA, 1989. Paramount Pictures, Lucasfilm. Story by George Lucas, Menno Meyjes, Screenplay by Jeffrey Boam, based on characters created by George Lucas, Philip Kaufman. Cinematography by Douglas Slocombe. Produced by Robert Watts. Music by John Williams. Production Design by Elliot Scott. Costume Design by Joanna Johnston, Anthony Powell. Film Editing by Michael Kahn. Academy Awards 1989. Golden Globe Awards 1989.
Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) indulges a very willing audience in an old-fashioned adventure that is full of mystery, exoticism and full-throttle excitement. He is commissioned by a religious art collector to travel to Venice and discover a missing, ancient tablet that has information as to the whereabouts of the Holy Grail, the cup Christ drank from at the Last Supper. Jones thinks this will be a simple search-and-recover mission, not realizing that he’s actually only at the beginning of a vortex of complicated characters and treacherous situations. The delightful arrival of his patronizing father (Sean Connery) and a sexy research assistant (Alison Doody) only makes the experience more fun. Great visual effects and some extremely creepy scenes make for one of Steven Spielberg’s most indulgently pleasant entertainment experiences.