Raiders of the Lost Ark

Raiders of the Lost Ark ★★★★★

The Platonic ideal of the action movie. For a few years there, Steven Spielberg and George Lucas seemed in touch with the collective unconscious itself, weaving new myths and fairy tales for a generation of movie-goers.

One aspect that's so fascinating about "Raiders of the Lost Ark" is how the first 10 minutes are devoted to building Indiana Jones up as a supremely capable, heroic adventurer - only for the filmmakers to spend the next 100 minutes deconstructing this very notion by revealing Indy's opportunistic streak, frequent incompetence, past destructive relationships, and regularly bathing Harrison Ford in shadows while his rival Belloq sits in the light.

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