Looking Back at Indiana Jones
There have been four films in the Indiana Jones franchise, all starring Harrison Ford as the swashbuckling archaeologist with a penchant for artifacts, and directed by Steven Spielberg, one of the ‘movers and shakers’ of the blockbuster movie form.
By day, Jones is a lecturer at a university, perhaps the less interesting part. Part-time, he’s saving artifacts from the greedy and bringing the artifacts back to museums, where, he says, they belong. And he gets well-paid.
The action scenes and sense of adventure make his endeavors come to life. Part time jobs were always the most interesting.
He’s a bit of a ladies man with echoes of James Bond. He has no trouble getting the girl.
When saving artifacts for museums, he happens to get in over his head: he’s saving people’s lives and encountering the supernatural, which keeps him on his toes.
It is grand storytelling, with mystery elements, such as what’s the story with the ‘lost’ Ark of the Covenant, what’s so important about an Indian village’s sacred stones, and the significance of the cup of Jesus at the Last Supper otherwise known in legend as the Holy Grail.
The aura of mystery around these artifacts gives the franchise an advantage over the more straight forward action adventure tales.
The franchise started with Raiders of the Lost Ark.