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In my opinion, 'Young Indiana Jones Travels with Father' is the best in the series. The acting is fair, the story is great, the scenery is very pleasant, and the whole movie adventure is simply fantastic. If only I could get hold of the video! This movie is perfect viewing for all ages. Young Indy fans, look out for this one.
After the Perils of Cupid this next adventure of continues a tradition
of solid, character drive, and educational stories. The first adventure
in this re cut for DVD takes place in Russia, where Henry Jones Senior
(Lloyd Owen) takes his family to stay in a castle with Russian
aristocracy. Unsurprisingly Indy gets into trouble and raises the ire
of his father. This proves to be a final straw and he runs away,
bumping into Leo Tolstoy, who is doing the same thing. This becomes the
early 20th century version of a Road Trip story, and Indy and Tolstoy
learn from each other, Carrier giving another good performance and
British actor Michael Gough giving a charismatic performance as
Tolstoy. Their adventure is involving and the story ends in a charming
and touching manner.
Circumstances in the second part of the story mean that father and son are left together on their own. Its interesting to see Lloyd Owen show his difficulty in relating to his son without the help of his wife or Indy's teacher. There are some crazy and amusing moments, and it fun to see the two characters grow closer to each other as the story concludes.
Another solidly entertaining entry
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When I pulled this DVD off the shelves of my public library I didn't
know what to expect. I am a big fan of the 4 Indiana Jones movies with
Harrison Ford and was hoping this one would be entertaining.
As it turns out I am very happy with my viewing experience. Young actor Corey Carrier is Henry "Junior" Jones at age 10, traveling with his father and mother. Roughly the first half of the movie is in Russia and the second half in Greece, both filmed in authentic locations.
In Russia young Henry keeps getting into mishaps (never his fault!!) and with his parents upset he decides to run away. He meets up with an old man in a haystack, who turns out to be Michael Gough as famous Russian author Leo Tolstoy, who it turns out is also running away.
In Greece Junior and dad are going to visit a monastery high on cliffs, with the only transportation being a wooden elevator manually operated with ropes and pulleys. Ont the way down they get stranded, and no one responds, so they have to figure a way to fabricate a ladder.
As I watched the movie I decided to try to visualize this 10 year old boy as the one who would grow up to be Harrison Ford and Indiana Jones, and it worked. The writers and directors of the episode did a good job making this boy have the early characteristics of the future fearless explorer.
After the extremely dull Perils of Cupid this next adventure of Young
Indiana Jones is a helluva lot more interesting. His first adventure
takes place in Russia, where his parents are staying in a castle with a
bunch of important people. Indy gets into trouble and his dad gets
furious. Tired of his parents' rules he runs away and meets an old man
who just so happens to be Leo Tolstoy, the famous author of War and
As they both try to flee from their families across the Russian countryside both Indy and Tolstoy learn from each other and develop quite a touching relationship. In the end they realize that going home is the best thing to do, but not before an interesting trade.
In the second half Indy travels to Athens where his tutor takes ill. His mother whisks her away to a spa leaving Indy all alone with his dad. Not knowing how to deal with the boy on his own, Henry Jones Snr. takes Indy to all the important historical sites Athens has to offer. At first he's strict and hard, as per usual, but as soon as Indy starts to take in all of the lectures he lightens up and they have their own crazy adventure after a flock of sheep eat their clothes while skinny dipping.
I've said it before but Lloyd Owen really does do a good impersonation of Sean Connery and, eye color aside, he convinces as a younger version of the Henry Jones Snr. we saw in The Last Crusade.
It still doesn't have any definitive imagery, unlike the movies, but makes for entertaining viewing on a wet afternoon nonetheless.
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The fourth segment of the "Adventures of Young Indiana Jones" sees Indy
travel with his father to Russia, and then to Greece. Despite a good
sequence where Indy and his father narrowly avoid getting killed being
lifted down a clifftop, the segment is too dull and wordy and feels
like the historical lecture the series, in it's original form, was
accused of being.
There is a good performance from British actor Micheal Gough as a curmudgeonly and almost senile Leo Tolstoy, and George Jackos does not have nearly enough screen time as famed Greek author Nikos Kazantzakis. I would like to have gotten some insight into the man who created "Zorba the Greek".
George Carrier and Lloyd Owen play well enough off each other, but went they're standing in an ancient Greek amphitheatre debating logic you can only balk at the missed dramatic potential in exploring the later fraught relationship between these two characters.
Still good quality, but in other respects a disappointment.
I liked the young Indiana Jones Chronicles, but it never really seemed like it was the same Indy from the movies. All I mostly remember from the series, was Indy wandering around w/ the Belgian Army during WWI alot. The series never got into the "meat" of young Indy: The death of his mother; early adventures (other than running into historical figures); showing exactly what happened with Professor Ravenwood and Marion; showing him and his faithful sidekick from Temple of Doom...Yohan! Basically, alot of things brought up in the movies never got covered in the TV series. They should have added this kind of stuff to the episodes they made.
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