Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

Name: Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade
Year: 1989
Rating: PG-13
Running Time (minutes): 127
Description: Three years after he recovered The Ark of the Covenant, Jones recovered an artifact that he found as a kid, the Cross of Francisco De Coronado from treasure hunters. Now, Jones discovers the history of another biblical artifact called “The Holy Grail”. He was also informed that his father, Henry Jones, is missing. Jones has to find his father who is looking for the Grail. However, Jones will become involved in the search of the Holy Grail along with his father, as well as fighting the Nazis to reach it.
Stars: Harrison Ford, Sean Connery and Alison Doody
Genres: Action, Adventure

Wow, I never expected it to be THAT good! Where to start? The whole thing sounded so much better overall, you’d think they made the other two films thirty years ago. Though the story is at times absurd for non-religious people, it was much more compelling and interesting than the first two. Actually, I’d rather just pretend Temple of Doom never existed. What a drag that was compared to this one. This entry was also much more light-hearted and even funny at times. Sean Connery really hash an enormoush speech defect, good gracioush.

But the best aspect was undoubtedly Williams’ fantastic score. The holy grail theme is just magnificent. This was the first time that JW moved me so deeply, I just couldn’t get enough of those solemn brass chords. Then the theme heard in ‘Scherzo for Motorcycle and Orchestra’… I love it when Williams uses trumpets and oboes to play triplets at the same time. Then the Nazi theme… I’ve been watching a lot of Williams films this month: three Indy movies and Born on the Fourth of July, and then I also listened to a bunch of Boston Pops albums of his music. I’m officially hooked on his scores and this one had better have a good album representation.

Oh, and I also liked the London accent of the audio-describer.

Born on the Fourth of July

Name: Born On The Fourth Of July
Year: 1989
Rating: R
Running Time (minutes): 145
Description: The biography of Ron Kovic. Paralyzed in the Vietnam war, he becomes an anti-war and pro-human rights political activist after feeling betrayed by the country he fought for.
Stars: Tom Cruise, Raymond J. Barry, Caroline Kava
Genres: Biography, Drama, War

Hmm… I suppose that there’s a great movie hidden inside these 2 hours, but there’s way too much scenes that really don’t advance the story in any way. I appreciated the film in the beginning, but after he returned from the war, it took the main character like an hour to realise that the entire Vietnam thing was a total hoax and meanwhile, I was bored to death. The argument with the parents and the subsequent Mexico part was very touching, but all the unnecessary scenes throughout the film made the whole thing a lot less powerful than it could have been.

Williams’ score is great. I just love how the main theme (strings section part) contains just one minor chord. It perfectly describes the two parts of the war (glory and utter failure) and how they are baanced in the film. Overall, the music was rather repetitive, but with such a great theme, it was hardly a problem.

Add to that the fact that the volume of the audio description was way too soft and that some scenes were badly described…

And now I’m going to the bathroom to take a shower. It’ll do my country a lot of good and I’m sure I’ll feel more glorious, honorable, worthwile and prepared to fight and serve my people after a good shower. Fuck the world, fuck the war, fuck all of you, fuck communism!

Batman

Name: Batman
Year: 1989
Rating: PG-13
Running Time (minutes): 126
Description: Gotham City: dark, dangerous, ‘protected’ only by a mostly corrupt police department. Despite the best efforts of D.A. Harvey Dent and police commissioner Jim Gordon, the city becomes increasingly unsafe…until a Dark Knight arises. We all know criminals are a superstitious, cowardly lot…so his disguise must be able to strike terror into their hearts. He becomes a bat. Enter Vicky Vale, a prize-winning photo journalist who wants to uncover the secret of the mysterious “bat-man”. And enter Jack Napier, one-time enforcer for Boss Grissom, horribly disfigured after a firefight in a chemical factory…who, devoid of the last vestiges of sanity, seizes control of Gotham’s underworld as the psychotic, unpredictable Clown Prince of Crime…the Joker. Gotham’s only hope, it seems, lies in this dark, brooding vigilante. And just how does billionaire playboy Bruce Wayne fit into all of this?
Stars: Michael Keaton, Jack Nicholson and Kim Basinger
Genres: Action, Crime, Thriller

I liked the slightly more light-hearted approach of this film. Also loved and preferred Jack Nicholson as The Joker.

And the score… I’ve read a lot of negative criticism about Hans Zimmer’s Batman (whish is by no means perfect), but honestly, what a STUPID score is this! My main problem with it is, well, my main problem with Elfman in general, is: he scores everything as if it’s a joke. Nothing is ever serious, nothing has any kind of gravitas or dread (except for Dolores Claiborne). I suppose the main theme isn’t all that bad, but shouldn’t a superhero score sound… heroic? Zimmer did an excellent job there. Granted, the organ is original here, but other than that, I only liked the few romantic cues. Zimmer’s sound might be derivative (I’m not denying that), but it told a story about saving a city, whereas this score tells… some sort of other story I can’t even define.

Back to the Future Part 2

Name: Back To The Future Part 2
Year: 1989
Rating: PG
Running Time (minutes): 108
Description: Marty McFly has only just got back from the past, when he is once again picked up by Dr. Emmett Brown and sent through time to the future. Marty’s job in the future is to pose as his son to prevent him being thrown in prison. Unfortunately, things get worse when the future changes the present.
Stars: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd and Lea Thompson
Genres: Adventure, Comedy, Family

I just can’t get enough of the Doc yelling and shouting all the time (“I am going to put this in THE TRASH!”) Tom Wilson as Biff/Griff is simply amazing and Strickland using a shotgun was hilarious.

The score is mostly a rehash of part one, for better or for worse, but the main theme remains just as exciting as ever.

One thing that made me re-consider the entire plot of these films, though, is the concept of reality. Take part one. Poor Marty goes back to 1955, changes his future and returns to 1985. So, if Doc then sent rich Marty back to 1955 to avoid a paradox, what on earth would rich Marty get up to in 1955? He can’t possibly meet his parents etc. again, can he?