I'm finally getting around to writing about The Last Crusade. The third Indiana Jones film, The Last Crusade, is as close to my favorite as Raiders of the Lost Ark. Unlike The Temple of Doom Crusade gets back to Indy's roots. Same friends, same mission, same pace.
Beat the Nazis! I believe if you aligned the story arcs for Raiders and Crusade they'd nearly line up perfectly. Indiana Jones is forced to beat the Nazis to the Holy Grail, just like he was supposed to with the Ark of the Covenant. He has to rescue his Dad from imprisonment, just like he did with Marion. He is also, unwittingly or not, trying to beat someone else to the treasure - like he was against Belloq. The similarities are definitely there.
The isn't too much about Crusade that I didn't like, besides the blood looking pretty fake in a few scenes. Somehow it is easier to write about movies you don't like, than it is to write about movies you do.
All I can say is that I'm looking forward to The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.