Jared Jacoby’s review published on Letterboxd:
Film #23 of December 2016: Flounder's Scavenger Hunt
TASK #23: A film you feel ashamed of having never seen!
Here how sad this whole thing is. Not only am I a fan of Steven Spielberg's work, but my favorite movie genre is action and adventure, and yet I have never seen a single second of any of the Indiana Jones movies in my life until now. I know, it is really sad. After seeing it, I feel stupid for missing out on this film for so long. Raiders of the Lost Ark is everything I wanted an action film to be. It has a great and fast paced story, a stellar soundtrack, instantly memorable and lovable characters, terrific performances, brilliant special effects, excellent writing with intense and funny moments, and some of the best set pieces of all time, What makes the set pieces so good is that Indie is constantly in peril and using his wit to overcome situations rather than just mindlessly beating up bad guys. This makes the action much more intense, especially with the stunning stunt work on display.
Raiders of the Lost Ark is an absolutely awesome film in every way, and it has just become another reason why Steven Spielberg is my favorite director of all time. Don't make the same mistake as I did. If you have not seen it yet, watch it as soon as possible because it earns all of the praise it has gotten from everyone.