Indiana Jones and the Holy Grail...oh wait..thinking of the wrong series. The proper title is Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, and while this movie certainly isn't of the excellence of Raiders, it is a definite improvement over a very disappointing sequel and a wholely entertaining action picture. Harrison Ford is still as wonderful as always, and newcomer to the series Sean Connery shines as well as Indy's dad. The film still has spectacular action scenes, wonderful set pieces, and the same sense of fun that makes every Indiana Jones film great. Plus, the love interest in this one is much less annoying than Willy in the second film, although the less annoying is kind of canceled out by a big character flaw that I shall point out later in the review.
The film pretty much chronicles Indy's search for the Grail, which includes finding his father, who had kept a diary of his own search for the grail (AKA his entire life's work that caused his tumultuous relationship with his son). Together, they have to beat the Nazis in the race for the grail and of course, find out where it is. They also have to somewhat explore their own relationship and how it was problematic in Indy's childhood and how Jones Sr. has to let Jones Jr. take charge. All in all, storywise, the movie is pretty good and well-paced, but there isn't really much else to say about it so we'll be moving on to the characters.
The character of Indy himself is pretty much spoken for, but there are two more notable additions into the cast. First there's Sean Connery as Jones Sr., and he was fantatic, as always. Secondly, there's Alison Doody as Elsa, the love interest of both Jones Sr. and Jones Jr. who also turns out to be a Nazi. The performances are also very strong, and one of the reasons that this is an improvement over the first was the substitution of Kate Capshaw (a lady who can't act and was only in the movie because she's married to Spielberg) for Sean Connery (the first James Bond). The substitution couldn't have been better and the movie was better for it. Harrison is still wonderful as always, and he will always make a credible Indy, even in age.
The performance were wonderful, but again, Raiders of the Lost Ark will always be the better film. It just has the better action, the better story, and the better love interest. Marian will always be the superior love interest and the best one in the series. Willy and Elsa are simply inferior women compared to Marian. I would still recommend this entire series, as it is one of the finest film series of all time. Great old-school action with one hell of a leading performance, Indiana Jones is a very entertaining series and this is the second-best movie in that series. Not nearly as good as the first, but better than the second, and I can't speak for the fourth yet. In short, see it, but see the first two beforehand.