Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade The theme of this Indiana Jones movie is the constant contrast between Indy and his father Dr. Henry Jones. The difference is in their outlook on live and the many mysteries that surround them. Indiana only trust pure fact and will not listen to any ?truth? he hears from other individuals. He only believes in what he can see and touch. On the other hand, Dr. Henry Jones believes in the in the supernatural and will in fact believe the various truths. Dr. Jones believes in the Holy Grail and the power it possesses. He spent his whole life in search of it, through various sources.
The story of Indiana Jones starts while he visited a canyon while being a member of the boy scouts. He stumbled into a cave and noticed people working inside. He soon found out that they were not working at all, but hey have been uncovering the one and only Cross of Coronado.
Indiana tried to take it from them in secret but he was found out. This led to a long chase that ended on a train and Indiana Jones successfully retrieved the cross. Unfortunately the sheriff was corrupt and gave the cross to the person that paid the thieves to dig up the cross to begin with. Indiana?s heart was broken, but he swore to recover the cross and put it in a museum.
Many years have passed and Indiana made many important friends. None more important than Marcus Brodie, his most trusted friend and confidant. Marcus symbolizes the relationship Indy never had with his own father. Brodie has faith in god and his creations. As he said once after asked about his thoughts in the Holy Grail ?I do not have the facts supporting its existence but at my age I am willing to take it under faith?, or something to that extent.
The movies pivotal point was when Indiana Jones was told about the tablet found with the inscriptions leading to the Holy Grail. The grail had its top half missing and the exact position was undeterminable. This is why Walter Donovan tried to hire Indy to find the precious relic. Walter informed Indiana that he had previously hired his father to recover the cup but, he has disappeared. Indiana accepted the assignment knowing that if he found the grail he would find his father. Indiana went looking for the grail with his father as the top priority.
In Venice Indiana meets Elsa and follows his father?s diary to find the second marker under the great library. He barely escapes the raging fireball caused by a couple mysterious characters. The escape involved a boat chase in which Indiana wins. Indy lets the stranger go and in return he receives the directions to his lost father.
With the help of supernatural helpers, like the stained glass window with the three, seven and ten written on; or the corpse in Sir Richards tomb. All of these Supernatural helpers or clues have led him through series of tests. For example he had to survive a hostile speed boat chase, had to rescue his father from the castle on the Austrian/German border. He also had to retrieve his father?s diary from Berlin. On their way out of Germany Nazi planes were trying to kill them. When Indiana was trying to get to the Holy Grail Indiana had to face many challenges, including his most difficult challenges involving his faith, and his father?s faith. Indiana was forced to take the leap of faith in which he had to jump down a cliff with nothing visible that can save his life if he was to fail. Furthermore Indiana Jones drank from the Holy Grail to test its validity.