* The Michigan Daily
Indy 3 goes through motions
BY MARK SHAIMAN
AND JOHN SHEA
Producer George Lucas, in keeping
with the maxim that all good things
come in threes, has said in interviews
that the third installment of the 4
Indiana Jones series will be the last.a
In truth, it's the first.-
Indiana Jones and the Last Cru-
sade is more a remake of Raiders
than a sequel. Screenwriter Jeffrey
Boam seems to lift several sequences
from Lawrence Kasdan's storyboard
and placed them directly on his own.' "
Did you like the Nazis in the first
movie? The desert chase scenes? The.
beautiful women and doting youngt1
girls in Jones' archeology class? The
breathless pursuit of a priceless rei- .
gious artifact? Good. Because they're«
all here, again, for a second time. As;
if to avoid charges of plagarism,
Boam replaces snakes with rats, the
Ark of the Covenant with the Holy
Grail, and a beautiful brunette with a
beautiful blonde (Alison Doody).
The only significant difference
between the two films (and the only
real justification for making the lat-
ter) is the introduction of Sean
Connery as Indiana Jones' father. As Although Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade joins our hero (Harrison
a stuffy, bookworm-ish professor Ford) with his father, Dr. Henry Jones (Sean Connery), the series's
whose lifelong search for the grail thrid installment pays more attention to its cinematic forebearer.
nas been conducted from Utah, the
elder Jones is the antithesis of his
son. While Junior fights off those
damn Nazis, Dad worries about the
safety of his umbrella.
Aside from that, Last Crusade
pretty routinely parallels its fore-
bearer. The opening chase scene in
Last Crusade pales in comparison
io the wie in Raiders. Its comic-
book action, punctuated by cheap
laughs, sets the tone for the rest of
movie. We see, for the first time,
Indy as a young child (played by
River Phoenix). In watching his first
attempt to save a precious relic from The Annual Michiganensian P[
the hands of evil, we learn how he
developed his fear of snakes, love of7
whips, that manly scar on his chin,r
and his trademark fedora. The effect is.
much like seeing how Billy Batson
learned to become Captain Marvel by'
saying "Shazaam!" It's cute, but
hardly exciting. b
The real excitement doesn't starty
See Indy, p. 10
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ON this visit to Ann Arbor's
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And through the exquisite, arrest-
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