Raiders of the Lost Ark

Raiders of the Lost Ark ★★★★★

Indiana: Meet me at Omar's. Be ready for me. I'm going after that truck.
Sallah: How?
Indiana: I don't know. I'm making this up as I go.

People always say ‘Why don’t they make adventure films like Indiana Jones any more?’

The reason ‘they’ don’t make adventure films like Indiana Jones any more is because ‘they’ made Indiana Jones. Indiana Jones is so iconic, so spectacular, so bombastic, so quotable, so well crafted, so synonymous with adventure and so entrenched in every single thing we think of when we use the term, that frankly we could spend the rest of our lives saying ‘why don’t they make adventure films like Indiana Jones any more?’ and still be no closer to them making another adventure film like Indiana Jones. With a crack of a whip, a tip of a hat, a crook of a smile, and the sun beating down on a breathless voyage into the occult, the all too humanly real, and the delectably daring and swashbuckling, Indiana Jones blazed a trail that is still smoking hot some almost forty years later. We still do the theme along with the opening titles, still tell ourselves ‘it’s the mileage’, still fancy ourselves in a sable fedora, still imagine outrunning the boulder, still imagine beating the nazis, getting the girl (or boy), getting the treasure, and winning the day. We still see Indiana Jones as the epitome of cinematic adventuring because Indiana Jones still is the epitome of cinematic adventuring. From a story sewn together as a patchwork of the best bits of decades of weekend serials, Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, and Larry Kasdan came together to create an icon of cinema that will forever be what everything that follows aspires to but falls short of. The beauty of that vain endeavour however is this, it is the chasing of the legend that creates new legends, and for as long as filmmakers chase the legendary Indy, the legacy endures and the original grows and grows in stature and reverence.

I’m rambling, I know. I’m making this up as I go... just like Indy himself I guess *cracks a classic Ford grin*

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