Raiders of the Lost Ark

Raiders of the Lost Ark ★★★★½

Everybody has a couple bizarre blind spots, and Raiders of the Lost Ark is one of my bigger ones. I know certain iconic scenes, of course, but I’ve never sat down and watched the entire thing. Some thoughts:

-It’s nice to go back to a time when Harrison Ford seemed to enjoy acting. His mood in Bladerunner 2049 and The Force Awakens seemed like he was having a bout of acid reflux during interminable divorce court proceedings, rather than making $500,000 per breath to briefly reprise a legendary science fiction character. 

-This film features defanged Nazis, but there’s enough other cultural stereotypes thrown in to keep us from fixating on that cognitive dissonance for long stretches of time.

-This film has more snakes in it than any other film I’ve seen. I have not seen Snakes on a Plane, but there is a single snake in Indiana’s crotch during a brief plane flight here. Raiders’ influence clearly goes far beyond the action/adventure genre.

-It feels like John Williams “Under Pressure”—->”Ice Ice Baby”-ed himself, changing one note of the Han Solo-Princess Leia Sexual Tension Theme to use it here. 

Overall, the film is a lot of fun. That’s my hot take of the day.



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