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My Indiana Jones Movie Scorecard

With the speculation that Chris Pratt (Parks and Recreation, Guardians of the Galaxy) may be taking on the role of Doctor Henry Jones, Jr. in a proposed reboot of the franchise, I am taking a look back at the previous four movies starring Harrison Ford as the titular character. No, I'm not a movie reviewer, but I have a blog and an opinion and that's about all you need these days, right? Right. Let's get to it.

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) - the original and the best, by quite a wide margin. Created by George Lucas as an homage to the 1930's cliffhanger serials, it hit all the right notes; a period feel, hissable villians (Nazi and otherwise), wisecracking dialog, a feisty dame with a pretty good right hook, and a spooky McGuffin in the form of the Biblical Lost Ark of the Covenant. Excellent entertainment.

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) - I was really disappointed by this sophomore effort, and to be honest I thought I was in the minority on this until recently. I thought the female lead was a terrible character, and the cutesy wiseacre kid was at odds with the ghastly goings on of the bad guys. Not a pleasant experience; I saw it once in the theater and have not seen it since. 

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) - Sean Connery is almost always fun, and proved so here as he played Indy's dad, Dr. Henry Jones Sr. Some nice chemistry (and sparks) between father and son, and a welcome reappearance of the Sallah character. Although I was disappointed that the character of Marcus Brody was brought back as a buffoon; that really got under my skin for some reason. The second best of the four movies for me.

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008) - they should probably have stopped at three movies. I did not dislike this as much as some, but there was a fair bit of shark-jumping going on here. While it was interesting (and kinda fun) to see an older Indy and Marion Ravenwood, and the movie had some interesting set pieces, it seemed to be trying a bit too hard a lot of the time. Unlike many, I think the Shia LeBouf character is okay in the movie, but ultimately this was quite disappointing.

Would Chris Pratt work as Indiana Jones? Based upon Guardians of the Galaxy, I'd say a pretty hearty "yes" - but I will miss Harrison Ford.
 

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