A few week's back, quasisonic
, Puck, and I celebrated mother's day with my parents at a delicious brunch cooked by my dad. Now, my dad makes better breakfast food than almost anyone I know, and that day he made his famous matzoh brei, which I swear would be a HUGE brunch food staple if only adopted by the right collection of restaurants, but I digress. Anyway, while we were over enjoying the food and the company, we were also enjoying TBS's Indiana Jones marathon. We got there in time for the first Indy movie I ever remember seeing: Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
. Now, I know it doesn't even come close to Raiders of the Lost Ark
, but I've always had a fond place for Last Crusade
in my heart. I hadn't seen Temple of Doom
in ages, but I just remembered not liking it all that much.
When Temple of Doom
came on, we decided to watch it just to see it was as bad as we remembered. And to be honest, most of the party found it to be far worse than we all thought. Between Kate Capshaw's shrieking, the bugs, and Indy acting nothing like the guy we'd come to know and love (and dialog that made Lucas's work in the Star Wars
Prequels look Pulitzer-worthy). While I was enduring this monstrosity, I texted my boyfriend (yes. I have one now. We've been together about a month, he's awesome, fun, and most importantly, as geeky as I am) that I'd forgotten how much Temple of Doom
straight up sucked.
He emphatically disagreed. He did concede the point of Willie Stark being annoying, but according to him, all the other elements of the movie (including that AWFUL scene with the bugs) more than made up for it, and, that it was way
better than Last Crusade
! We argued about this for at least half an hour via text message and for another
half an hour when I saw him again later on, but we could only agree to disagree. He refused to see that Last Crusade
was a spectacular return to form for the franchise, with its multi-continent quest to find this great relic, the inclusion of all the characters we'd come to love (Marcus! Sallah!) as well as the introduction of Indiana's father. (Sean Connery trumps all. Thank you.) Not to mention a female character that wasn't completely annoying. Granted, she was no Marion Ravenwood (who could be?), but she wasn't bad, either. The action sequences were plausible, the quest comprehensible, and the dialog quotable. It was good-hearted, adventured-filled, action-packed fun. All things that Temple
I jokingly suggested that I should put it to a vote in my blog, and he loved the idea. So, ladies and gentlemen of the livejournal jury, I put it to you. All will agree that Raiders of the Lost Ark
is the masterpiece of the three we've seen so far, but which is the second best?
There is no I can't decide option. You must choose. And if you want to debate, please feel free to do so in the comments. Let the battle royale begin!