It was bound to happen sooner or later. A blog sponsored by a public library would eventually have to have a review of the movie The Librarian: Quest For the Spear. I may be putting my professional credibility on the line, but I have seen this movie several times and never fail to laugh at the comical situations and great one-liners in this over-the-top but funny look at one very special library and its librarian. Noah Wyle is great as Flynn Carsen, a professional student in his thirties who has over 20 degrees and still lives with his mother, played very well by Olympia Dukakis.
When one of his professors finally gives him the boot so that he can experience life in the real world, Flynn is invited to apply and accepted as “The Librarian” of the Metropolitan Public Library. His boss, Judson (Bob Newhart), charges him with the responsibility for protecting this secretive library’s vast holdings, which includes some of the world’s greatest treasures. When thieves break in and steal a part of a magical spear, Flynn is given the mission to recover the stolen spear and find its remaining two parts, which are hidden in different places at opposite ends of the Earth. To help him on his task, he is teamed up with Nicole Noon (Sonya Walger) and together they risk life and limb to recover the three parts of the magical spear. There is lots of action that spoofs Indiana Jones and other action heroes, and a highlight is to see Bob Newhart as Judson take on a gang of thugs by himself near the end of the movie.
If you enjoy action comedies, or if you want to see a movie about a very different kind of library, or if you have ever enjoyed any of these fine actors in the past, including Noah Wyle (ER), Bob Newhart, Olympia Dukakis, and Jane Curtin (3rd Rock From the Sun) , then you should definitely give this movie a try. The Williamsburg Regional Library also has the next two movies in this series, which are also lots of fun to watch, The Librarian: Return to King Solomon’s Mines and The Librarian 3: Curse of the Judas Chalice. All three are highly recommended.
Check the WRL catalog for The Librarian: Quest for the Spear
Check the WRL catalog for The Librarian: Return to King Solomon’s Mines