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Ratings: 10★ (Amazing)
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Ben Stiller steals the show
This was a very good episode of Friends. It had lots of laughs, memorable characters and even a little bit of a story thrown in there.
The plotline with Rachel's new boyfriend, played by the talented Ben Stiller, is easily the best part of the episode. His anger tantrums are so funny and his sudden charismatic switch back to the perfect boyfriend is priceless.
Joey falling in love with his co-star only for her to leave on the night of the performance is funny too, with even a little touch of emotion thrown in there. These two plotlines definitely make this a superb episode.
Not sure about Phoebe's little sub-plot about continually ringing the wrong company, it feels like it was mainly there to feel time and dosen't work as well as the other two parts.
Still a brilliant episode, one of the better's of the show.
The Matrix (1999)
One of the best films ever
The Matrix opens with a thrilling action scene that shows the strength of the action and CGI present in the film, and in many ways it never lets up. It's a pitch-perfect mix of sci-fi, innovative concepts, fighting, philosophy, techinical beauty and coolness.
Keanu Reeves stars as Neo, the computer hacker who is sucked into the 'real world' outside of the Matrix, and he is great, but not because his performance is outstanding - its actually extremely emotionless for the lead - but because it suits the character perfectly, leveling him to iconic status as he mutters 'Guns, lots of guns.' He is backed up superbly by Laurence Fishburne and Carrie Anne-Moss, as fellow rebels Morpheus and Trinity. Hugo Weaving also steals the show as Agent Smith.
A real treat of a film, the Matrix is a sci-fi masterpiece filled with memorable momments, action and a deep story. 10/10, practically perfect.
Better than what some say
Although it never reaches the heights of The Parting of the Ways, Doomsday or Journey's End, Last of the Time Lords is still a fine conculsion to series 3 - a flawed one at that, but it's certainly ambitious, with lots of aspects to love.
Picking off after the cliffhanger ending of Sound of Drums, Last of the Time Lords mostly focuses on Martha Jones and her quest to stop the Master's reign of terror over the world. What I like about this story is the sense of hopeless it builds up - the world has been in ruins for a year, and Martha and her team have the last chance to stop the Master's torture of humanity. And beneath the silly scenes of the Master dancing to pop, this is a very dark story - the Tocalaface reveal is truly disturbing, as is the Master's monlouge of what happened after the end of Utopia.
The 'Doctor Dobby' CGI is really rubbish, sure, but it's a good idea, just executed poorly. And that exceeds to the ending, where the Doctor gains powers from the Master's technology to become immune to bullets and any other obstacles, floating through the air. Now, I don't really mind this moment, but at the same time... I can't defend it.
Still, I do enjoy this episode. There's lots to love despite the flaws, as the ambition of the episode alone is enough to praise. 8/10, that's a little high considering it is hugely flawed, and no where near on the level of Silence in the Library, which I gave the same grade, but I don't know, I just enjoy this one.
Doctor Who: Partners in Crime (2008)
Comedic start to the season
Partners in Crime, the opener to the fourth series of Doctor Who, is a fun and colourful adventure, through a highly forgettable one at that. We are reintroduce to Catherine Tate's loveable Donna Noble, and when she and David Tennant's Doctor are reunited, the episode truly shines with their hilarious banter. But the first half, which exists to get the two characters together, is a little sluggish, with the lack of a plot being fairly noticeable.
I actually quite like the alien fat people, the Antiope, I think they're genuinely quite cute and funny, certainly more than the rubbish Pting from the Tsuranga Conundrum. Sarah Lancashire as the villian is really fun, although her character is a little... one-note. But still, she's a really entertaining foil.
Bernard Cribbins as Wilfred, Donna's grandfather, is great and likeable, even though he only appears in 2 or so scenes. It is a fairly funny episode, although it is pretty throw-away. Overall, a fun start to the season, but it just doesn't have much of a plot. 6/10, mabye a little harsh, but it's just not massively memorable.
Doctor Who: Forest of the Dead (2008)
While if you read my part 1 review you may know I liked it, but found it pales in comparison to the second part, Forest of the Dead. And it's ture - Silence in the Library plants the seeds of ideas while Forest of the Dead waters them, eagerly watches them grow in delight and finally shows them in their true, shining form. We discover the truth behind the strange little girl, the Vatsha Nerada, and the mysterious Doctor Moon, and we also find out more about River Song.
Part 2 also features one of the best sub-plots in all of Doctor Who - Donna trapped inside a computer world, which has been created perfectly for her conscious to live in. It's such a cool idea, and the scene where Donna realises her children aren't real while the sky goes red is an absolute favourite of mine.
The scenes in the Library are amazing too. Alex Kingston and David Tennant have great chemistry, and the setting is utilised so much better here, although, like the first part, I still don't really care about the supporting Archaeologists - though that dosen't matter as much, as the story is more focused on River and the Doctor.
The ending is so emotinial, with an absolutely amazing score by Murray Gold. It really is one of the best episodes of the show, and it's one all fans should watch. 10/10, one of Season 4's best.
Great, but Part 2 is better
Silence in the Library seems to be a favourite story amongst fans. It introduced the endlessly likeable, enigmatic River Song, featured the terrifying Vatsha Nerada, and sets up future plot-points explored more in the Moffat era as showrunner.
Now, this episode is really, really good - I was heavily tempted to give it a 9, but I feel it pales in comparison to part 2, which fully fleshs out and explores the interesting concepts which part 1 just sets-up. River Song became more interesting in part 2, and the Vatsha Nerada became more of an active threat, but here, we're mostly building up to the ending cliffhanger, which is amazing, but it's part 2 that gets into the really meat of the story.
That said, this is still great. Catherine Tate and Alex Kingston steal the show, and, as mentioned, the cliffhanger is built up so well, and delivers such a punch in the gut, that it makes some of the more meandering sections feel worth it. And the Vatsha Nerada are legitimately really creepy, and it boasts some unexpectedly touching Donna momments.
This is a really good episode, but Part 1 is a little overrated, with part 2 over-shadowing it so much that it looses some of its original magic. Some other two-parters - like the Impossible Planet / The Satan Pit, The Stolen Earth / Journey's End, The Empty Child / The Doctor Dances, or even the far less great Rise of the Cybermen / The Age of Steel - have both parts on an equal level of quality, but here, one is great, while the other is fantastic.
I'll say it again, this is great, but not my absolute favourite. 8/10.
Doctor Who: The Stolen Earth (2008)
So much to love
Stolen Earth is an excellent first part for the Series 4 finale, which was designed to tie up all loose ends set up throughout the Russell T. Davies era. It brilliantly weaves in a huge number of characters - including Martha, Rose returning from another dimension, Captain Jack, Torchwood, U. N. I. T, the Daleks, Davros, Sarah Jane, and, of course, the Judoon - to create a truly epic adventure, one never surpassed in scope in both character and location since.
I love the ambition on display here in every aspect - The huge, mega-sized CGI effects are complemented with character momments 3 years in the making. I espically like the reunion between Rose and the Doctor, cut short before the tragic cliffhanger. The Daleks are on full evil mode here, and Davros is given such a great return in here and Journey's End.
There's not more to say, it's just a huge, emotion-packed adventure that's a must watch for all fans of the new show - and part 2 is possibly even better. 10/10, one of the best series finales.
Doctor Who: Journey's End (2008)
After the brilliant Stolen Earth, Journey's End had a lot to resolve - the return of Davros, the departure of Donna, tieing up all the loose ends scattered throughout the first four seasons, and, of course, the three-way ending cliffhanger. Thankfully, it lived up to the hype.
There's so much to love in Journey's End - the emotinial Murray Gold score, Donna's tear-jerking departure, Julian Bleach's wonderfully mad performance as Davros, the 'space-man' scene... it's just a really fun and entertaining climax to the Russell T. Davies era of Doctor Who.
The ambition is off the charts, with sub-plots galore, tieing in every character into the narrative as tightly as possible within 50 minutes - although some are wasted, like the Torchwood group and surprisingly Rose, who doesn't get much to do - but, when the characters are properly served, it's so much fun you forget about the nit-picks.
Overall, Journey's End is an emotinial, entertaining end for a magnificent era of the show. 10/10, so much to love.
Another boring episode
Revolution of the Daleks continues the overall bland and forgettable tone that was forged by Series 11 and continued throughout (most of) Series 12. The companions continue to be wooden, Jodie continues to try but fail to be the Doctor, and the story is sluggish and over-stuffed. It does have redeeming qualities, like Captain Jack's excellent return and the early scenes in the prison, which are quite fun, and it all looks quite good, but it's overall just dull.
- Captain Jack
- Old Daleks return and rightfully decimate the new designs
- Early prison scenes quite interesting
- Looks quite good
- Chibnall continues rubbish writing
- Worst companions departures of the show
- Over-stuffed (why is Jack Robertson here?)
- Boring and dull
- Plot breaks if you think about it
OVERALL THOUGHTS Go back and watch Series 1, it's much better.
Doctor Who: Bad Wolf (2005)
Both fun and grim, with an incredible cliffhanger
Bad Wolf, the 12th episode of the Doctor Who Revival's first season, is a brilliant episode of Television. The story is engaging, the performances great, and the script sharp. It doesn't hurt that it also features one of the mist iconic cliffhangers in Doctor Who history.
The episode opens with some light-hearted parodies of current TV Shows in 2005. Watching this in 2021, it's slightly dated, but there are enough Reality/Quiz/Fashion shows nowadays that it still works. Captain Jack trying on all the outfits was particularly hilarious, and the Weakest Link scene was actually chilling.
Christopher Eccleston is once again incredible as the Doctor, and definitely extremely underrated, and Billie Piper is good as well, although she gets less to do in this than in the finale. John Barrowman is brilliant as always, and Lyanda with a Y is a charming and likeable side-character, how would have been a great companion.
The episode also features a dark second half, with the frightening image of the 'Controller' sending chills down viewers spines, as well as the revelation of what the Earth has become. The second half also builds up to the cliffhanger expertly, and the speech at the end is amazing.
The Murray Gold score is also great, and the effects are great, looking still passable by today's standards. Russell T. Davies's writing is fast and fluid, even if it does take a while to get going. Overall, Bad Wolf is a great episode that is worth a watch/Rewatch - a great prelude to the finale...
Overall rating: 9.3/10 Best Momment: The last 5 minutes are incredible. Worst Momment: The Doctor's 'Big Brother House' Reality Show is a little dated.
Doctor Who: The End of the World (2005)
Better than Rose, entertaining world building
"I am the last human!"
The End of the World is a glorious display of special effects and a tight script put together to create something truly enjoyable. The episode also is more mature than Rose, and, without the burden of introducing Rose, Jackie, Mickey, 9th Doctor, the World, the tone and stage an Auton Invasion, it feels more relaxed and graceful.
The location this time is Platform 9, where the rich and powerful have gathered to watch the end of planet Earth at the Sun. The Doctor and Rose also come as guests, but a shocking turn of events leaves guests killed - meaning the Doctor has to work out who the culprit is.
The fact that this is very Space Opera means I like it a lot, and the story is certainly well-crafted, with another sharp script from Russell T. Davis. Piper and Eccleston are still on perfect form here, and Zoe Wanamaker as Cassandra - the last pure human, immortalised in a piece of skin - is brilliant.
The effects are a huge improvement over the last epsidoe, with the end of the world and Paltform 9 looking stunning, particularly for 2005 British TV. The make-up is also impeccable - the creativity on all the guests, espically Cassandra herself and the Face of Boe - are genius, and very eye-catching.
As for flaws, the episode isn't particularly memorable compared to other episodes, and, despite the world-building in place here, it is a filler story, and Russell T. Davis is still finding his feet.
But this is still a great episode, sadly forgotten about when compared to later, better stories. But it's still great, fun entertainment with thrilling action and brilliant effects.
Best Momment: Rose trapped, the Doctor in the fan room and the Base being destroyed, all at the same time. Best Line: "MOISTURE ME" Overall Rating: 8.3/10
Doctor Who: Rose (2005)
Soild opening episode
Rose, the first episode of the revival series of Dr. Who, brilliantly sets up the characters, world and tone with a breezy pace and perfect casting - through that does hinder the story.
Rose opens perfectly, showing us a montage of Rose Tyler's daily life before throwing us a thrilling, funny action sequence with Rose being saved by the Doctor - played by Christopher Eccleston. Eccleston is one of the better Doctors, with a great mix of comedy with darker, more unstable roots. Billie Piper as Rose was also perfect, as she would become one of the most beloved companions of all time, and feature brilliant chemistry with both Eccleston and Tennant.
The story is less great. Its good at introducing Rose, her family and the Doctor, but the Autons are very weak villians and the finale is extremely rushed, considering they attempted to do an invasion story beat. The effects are also incredibly wonky, even for its year, with the bin and the Netsene Counciousness looked pretty terrible today.
That does not excuse the brilliant pacing, keeping the episode interesting while also slowing down to introduce the world to the audience. The writing is also pretty good, although it does over-indulge in slapstick from time to time. Camille Coduri is brilliant as Rose's mother, and Mark Benton is a fun little side character. Noel Clarke as Mickey, Rose's boyfriend, can be a little irritating, but he's still fine, although plastic Mickey makes Rose look tone deaf.
The sets are crafted superbly, with the Tardis looking absolutely gorgeous, espically compared to the old series's blank, white space. The music by Murray Gold is also very good, and would continue to be throughout his run.
Russell T. Davis's sharp writing and Eccleston and Piper's likeable chemistry save the weak story, and the pacing is on-point. A perfect introduction, through far from a perfect story.
Doctor Who: New Earth (2006)
Cassandra returns in fun Dr. Who episode
New Earth, the first episode of the second series of the Doctor Who revival, seems to have fans split - those who feel it an extremely disappointing start to the Season, or those who enjoy the humour and imagination of this entertaining episode. I fall in the second caterorgy.
The episode opens quickly, showing David Tennant's 10th Doctor and Billie Piper's Rose arrive on New Earth, where they soon find themselves in a Hospital run by Cat Nuns (Chris Chibnall could never think of that in his dreams). However, soon they discover old enemy Cassandra has returned, and that the seemingly innocent Cat Nuns have a despicable plot to keep all diseases in place.
David Tennant is the perfect Doctor, but Billie Piper steals the show hear when she is (spoiler) possessed by Cassandra, leading to a stream of self-deprecating hilarity, and Zoe Wanamaker is once again brilliant as Cassandra (when she's not possessing other characters). Meanwhile, the sinister patients of the Cat Nuns and the horrific human farm will get the kids hiding behind the sofas, before the comical body-swaps reappear and they're back on the couch laughing.
The effects are largely good. New Earth itself is a bit wonky now-a-days, but in its day it prorbaly looked incredible. The make-up is amazing, espically the Cat Nuns, who fully look like Cats / human hybrids, much more than the new Cats film. The make-up on the diseased 'flesh' patients is also sickening. The music is also soild, through that's usually the case.
It's still flawed, through - the plot is nothing new, and the ultimate story resolution with all the medicines is... not that logical. Also, despite it being mostly soild, the effects have a few terrible moments - take the cat falling down the shaft, for example - and the Face of Boe's appearance is a bit bizzare. But New Earth is still a funny, occasionally quite scary episode that is worth a watch if you want a light-hearted, fun time.
Best Momment: Anything with Rose/Cassandra. Best Lines: "Goodbye trampoline, hello blonde!" "I'm a chav!" Overall Rating: 7.6/10
Has its moments, but its definitely the worst of the Saga
Following the release of the widely acclaimed, Iconic, beloved Star Wars Original Trilogy, a Prequel Trilogy was set to made, spanning the rise and fall of Anakin Skywalker and written and directed by George Lucas. The first in the series was released in the summer of 1999... and the rest is history.
Needless to say, the film was a huge disappointment for fans. The script was stale, the characters flat, the pacing sluggish, the humour childish, the story convulsed, the tone all over the place... it was a box-office success, but a huge misfire in the heart of the fanbase, and the following two prequels - Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith - suffered for it. However, time has been slightly kinder to it, and now most fans are split whether the film is good or the worst movie ever. What do I think?
The Phantom Menace has a great opening. Yes, you can complain about the stereotypical Trade Federation Leaders and the horrifically political title crawl, but otherwise its a good start. It introduces the fact that the Emperor from the Original Trilogy is controlling the Federation quickly, and there are some neat effects in the sequence. Qui Gon Jinn and Obi Wan Kenobi stealthing their way round the Trade Federation Ship is enjoyable, and, while the normal Battle Droids are disable, the Droidekas are undeniably cool, with their Shields and machine guns overpowering even the Jedi. Too bad they showed up only once more in the entire film.
Once they get down to the planet of Naboo, which is being invaded, they meet Jar Jar Binks, a Gungan who was brandished from his city and also potentially the most hated fictionial character of all time. I wouldn't go that far - espically after the harrashment the actor Ahmed Best received - but he is still irritating, and gets far too much screen time for the screaming comic relief.
Anyway, they meet Boss Nass, the Gungan leader who is hilarious in all the wrong ways, and a chase through the planets core ensues. The chase is pretty good, if you ignore Jar Jar screaming,and the music is wonderful. They then go to the city of Theed and meet Queen Amildala (Natalie Portman... or Keira Knightley?), escape with her in a spaceship, get hit and need to land on the desert planet Tatoonie from the original films. Also R2-D2 is introduced, but he does so little in the film you kind of forget.
The Tatoonie section is a drag. Jake Lloyd as Anakin is okay for a child actor (although the idea of a cute child Darth Vader is terrible) but Watto is a terrible, irritating character. The Pod Race scene doesn't do it for me either, and I also get bored when watching. That said, we are now introduced to the saving grace of the film... Darth Maul.
Darth Maul is just amazing. He is the definitive example of a Villian who makes a huge impression based on only a tiny bit of screen time, and every scene with him is amazing. His voice is brooding, his acrobatics are incredible... he's just a truely memorable Antagonist. The quick fight he gets with Qui Gon is just a taste of what's to come.
Then we get to Courscaunt for the infamous 'Politics and Talk and Politics and Talk' section, which features lots and lots of... Well, Politics and Talk. Yoda is also there so... theres something. At least I can say my favourite Star Wars character is in this movie.
So the films been sluggish up to this point. Maybe a great Third Act could redemm it slightly? Wel, that's what happens. The Third Act is split into 4 sections - the Gungan Battle, Anakin's space dogfight, the Queens guards taking the Palace and the Holy grail of lightsaber fights... Duel of the Fates.
The Gungan Battle and Anakin's dogfight are irritating and boring, and, although the Queen taking back the Palace is entertaining, it's still quite dull. So why is this Third Act so good? Duel of the Fates is the obvious answer. Every frame of this fight is majestic. The environments are colourful, the choreography incredible, the performances great... it valances everything out so well. It's a masterpiece of a sequence, with a masterpiece of a soundtrack.
Qui Jon's funeral is pretty sad, and a great way to end the film. Expect the ending of the film is a big Gungan March with Boss Nass being given a magical Orb. Thrilling.
So, do I hate the Phantom Menace? No. Do I like the Phantom Menace? Well, mabye a bit. Do I think it's great? Certantky not, but I still find much to enjoy amid the wooden script and poor plot. The sound effects are amazing in every way - a positive all three prequels have - and the soundtrack is thrilling. Liam Neeson gives a decent performance, and the backdrops are nice, espically the Colourful Naboo ones. But it's just too dull. The characters are dull, the story is dull, the acting is dull... it's not the most enjoyable Star Wars film, even if I have seen it many times. Its a complete 50/50 mixed bag, but some of the good stuff - is best of the franchise stuff. It's just the bad stuff bogs it down. But, overall, the Phantom Meance is a middling entry in the series and probably my least favourite, but I still quite like it besides that.
Content Advisory: Non-stop fantasy/Sci-Fi violence (shooting, lightsabers, etc.) normal for Star Wars. A central character is stabbed through the chest, and another is cut in half and falls down a pit. Despite this, there is no blood. Darth Maul and Darth Sidious are scary for younger children, and the Pod Race scene is quite intense for kids. Still, lighter than most Star Wars films.
Best Momment: Duel of the Fates, obviously. Worst Mommemt: Jar Jar is farted on. Best Quotes: "The ability to speak does not make you intelligent..." "NOO!"
Final Rating: 5.2/10
Father Ted: New Jack City (1996)
One of the best episodes of the show, mostly thanks to Brendan Grace
Season 2 of Father Ted is one of the best TV seasons of all time, and this episode is one of the highlights. Brendan Grace's wonderfully horrible performance as Father Fintan Stack is the most iconic part, and its true - he's defiantly the main reason this episode is so great. However, everything else about the episode is also hilarious - from Ted listening to Priest Football on the Radio and cheering for the Divorce Referendum to the break-in into the Old Priests Home. However, the best part is by far the flashback to Father Jack's glory days - that includes knocking Ted on the head with a hammer and smacking him with a car. All in all, this is overall one of the best episodes of my favourite Sitcom of all time.
Best Momment: The Father Jack flashback. Best Quote: Fintan Stack's "I've had my fun, and that's all that matters" is easily the best, but a close runner up is drunk Dougal's "We're all going to Heaven lads, wahey!" Overall Father Ted rank: #3 (on the podium)
Final Rating: 9.7/10
The definitive 'Father Ted' episode
Although I prefer Hell over this episode as the best Father Ted, Are you Right There Father Ted has all the feels of the definitive Father Ted episode. The opening shows this, with Ted finally getting his big break in a luxury Dublin parish - only for him to get kicked back to Creggy Island after his Bank Account is checked. We then fall into a non-stop line up of hilarious, Iconic moments - Dougal's hamster bike, Mrs. Doyle's continual pratfalls, the rascit Nazi Priest, and, of course, the central rascim plot of Ted offending Creggy Island's new Chinatown. Because, of course, a small Irish island will obviously have a Chinatown. Everything here is pure comedy gold - although Hell I belive is slightly funnier, this is the episode that best encapsulates the best elements of this amazing show.
Best Momment: Ted's 'Nazi speech' with the Hitler Moustache had me laughing for the non-stop for the next ten minutes. Best Quote: "I hear you're a racist now, Father!" obviously. Overall Father Ted ranked: #2 (the runner up) Final Rating: 10/10
Father Ted: Hell (1996)
Hilarious. TV's funniest Episode ever aired.
Hell, the first episode of the second Series of the hit Irish TV Show Father Ted, is the funniest thing ever made. I could stop there, but there are so many moments that make this episode truly classic; the Priests continually metting the young couple embrassingly, Father Jack's rant about feet and cake, our first introduction to Father Larry Duff, Tom driving the Seweage Truck, Father Noel Furlongs youth group... the list goes on, every moment is Comedy gold. It's also the series's most quotable episode: "Small, far away" has gone down in history as one of the shows defining lines, and "Are those my feet" is a truly gut-busyingly hilarious moment. Overall, my favourite episode of the series and comedy at its peak.
Best Momment: Noel Furlong and the Youthclub Irish Dancing, Father Larry Duff crashing his car, Father Jack's box... its impossible to chose. Best Quote: "Are those my feet!" Placement in Father Ted rank: #1 Final Rating: 10/10
The best Indiana Jones film, and a must-watch for action fans.
(This review contains some spoilers.)
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade has the best script, the best action and the best characters of all the Indy films. Raiders of the Lost Ark is good too (and Temple of Doom is horrific), but Last Crusade shines the brightest of the original three, mainly because of the pitch-perfect father and son chemistry between Sean Connery and Harrison Ford.
The plot sees Indy (Ford) once again involved in a global quest to find a mythical MacGuffin - this time being the Holy Grail, which is by far the best of the Indiana Jones items (far more fleshed out than the Ark of the Covenant, and far more interesting than the Sankara Stones). However, this time he has to also journey with his dad, Henry Jones (Connery), and evade the Nazis, who, of course, want the power for themselves. Indy and his dad have to battle Germans, survive booby-traps and tie-up personal issues if they want to stop the evil forces from claiming the cup of everlasting life...
Right off, the opening (like the two films before it) is thrilling and enjoyable, and gives our titular protagonist some backstory. After that, we are introduced to Walter Donovan (Julian Glover), a wealthy art collector who hires Indy to find the Grail. We end up in Venice, and after meeting Dr. Elsa Schneider (Alison Doody), we are immediately thrust into a eerie search in an underground catacomb, followed by a high-speed chase through Venice docks. And the pace and action never let up from here.
At the start of the Second Act, we finally are introduced to the film's biggest asset - the heartwarming and humour-filled chemistry between Connery and Ford. There is also a fourth-wall joke in this, as Connery of course played James Bond, and the Indiana Jones series was inspired by the British spy's adventures. Back to the film, and the entire middle act is made up of non-stop action and wit, from a Austrian Castle, to a Mountain-side chase, to Berlin, to a Zeppelin, to a Plane chase and, finally, the huge tank chase through the desert.
It is some of the most entertaining action stuff in the world, although if Connery was not here it would not be half as good. As the ending closes in, it is surprisingly (and brilliantly) not more action - after all, after the Tank chase another big fight would finally lead to utter exhaustion. Instead, the climax is emotion-driven, with Indy racing through the booby-traps of the Grail, in order to save his father. The traps are clever and twisty, and the ultimate resolution ties up all loose ends. And, of course, we get another horrific villain death in the form of, this time, rapid ageing and disintegrating. Great stuff, and it didn't have to be as graphic and disturbing as Temple of Doom to do it.
The main villain is, ultimately, weak, and the plot is serviceable but a little everywhere, but Last Crusade by far my favourite of the trilogy (although I can understand the grand-standing opinion that Raiders is better, and the idea that Temple could be considered better is outrageous). The brief love-story may stumble, but the near-perfect script, acting and action are impossible to beat. The pacing is swift and fluid, the variety in locations is everywhere, the comedy is brilliant and witty, and, of course, the pairing of Connery and Ford as father and son is just amazing. Most of the film is them together, and there is never a dull moment. A well-deserved 9.0 out of 10.
Content Advisory: Sex: Some kissing, love story. Violence: Lots and lots, but mostly light, several instances of blood (through far less frequent than Raiders and Temple). A man is beheaded near the end, and many explosions. The tank chase has three brief instances of injury detail. Scare factor: The Venice catacombs scene is filled with rats and skeletons, and is dimly lit, making it eerie. The traps at the end are perilous, and the villains death is rather disturbing and horrific. Other than that, slightly tamer than Raiders and miles less scary than Temple. Swearing: Damn, one incorrect use of Jesus Christ (which is then called blasphemy by the characters in the film). Other: Mild smoking, mild drinking. Deals with Nazism, through lightly.
Best Quotes: "He choose... poorly." "I'm sorry son... they got us." "My son would not be so stupid... wait, you did?" "No ticket!"
Best Moment: The Grail Knight at the finale. Worst Moment: Elsa and Indy's love scene.
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