Similarly, the other week I was with some friends and we ran into these guys with whom, for some reason, we began to discuss movies. I actually argued about the Indiana Jones movies because they believed that Temple of Doom and The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull were terrible movies. They were, naturally, wrong. All four of the movies are enjoyable but to varying degrees. And so, today you are blessed to read my list of the Indiana Jones movies in the order that I like them:
1. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
The dialogue in this movie is hilarious. They did a great job with Indiana's relationship with his father. Marcus Brody was funny. In addition, the adventure was interesting and awesome. The special effects were good, too. It's scary when Donovan turns really old and then eventually blows away. I saw it in the theater with Cash, and she actually clawed my arm at that point. It was an excellent, excellent movie.
2. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
I know it's really popular to not like this movie, but it is really, really a funny movie. Willie and Short Round provide all kinds of crazy antics in this movie. It's also reasonably scary. Seriously, when the dude pulls the heart out of the other guy's chest -- were you scared? I was. I honestly enjoy the story and the adventure. I don't know why someone wouldn't.
3. Raiders of the Lost Ark
I think that this one is borderline too scary. During the part with all of the melting faces, I really don't want to watch it. Creeeeeeepy. Otherwise, it's a great adventure. The opening classic Indiana Jones sequence can stand on it's own with awesomeness, and the villains are truly villainous. I never was a huge fan of Marion, though.
4. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
This one was really much better than I thought it would be. Having said that, it's 4th on my list. I didn't hate the ending like a lot of people did, but I was slightly annoyed by the son's character. I also wasn't in love with the animal life in the movie, but it was tolerable enough to not detract from my enjoyment of the film. I need to see it again, but I do remember thinking that it was a classic Indiana Jones movie.
What do you guys think? Do you completely disagree? Which one is your favorite of the four?