Raiders of the Lost Ark

Raiders of the Lost Ark ★★★★★

Perhaps the greatest action-adventure of all time, Raiders of the Lost Ark has long since cemented itself amongst my top favourites. Sure you could chalk it up to nostalgia. Guilty there. I doubt I have watched any movie more than this one, not even Jurassic Park. 
As a kid, I wanted to be Indiana Jones more than anything else in the world, and as an adult, well there's an entirely different level to marvel at this movie on. 
What Spielberg and Lucas were able to conjure up here is unprecedented in cinema as far as I'm concerned. Genius in all manners of film making. Iconic not only in its visuals but also sound design and score. Then there's this cast, touting Harrison Ford in the lead, our hero, Indiana Jones, a somewhat unstoppable force, punching nazis, warding off supernatural forces, and hunting for treasure. Talk about ticking all the right boxes, but even so, this is a character who bleeds, tiers, and makes mistakes. He has a strong sense of self-preservation and dignity. He's human, and with that, beyond anything else, it's in this which we're able to so excitedly invest in this thrill ride. 
Like all classics, naturally, certain elements have aged, and on top of that, there are logical flaws that given an extra second of thought could lead to mild tainting. Luckily for us however there’s no extra second, as Raider's pacing is its strongest asset. The action set pieces are insanely well-staged rife with brilliant stunt work, and some pretty heavy violence. Once the ball gets rolling, they really don't let up. 
Honestly, there's not a person on this planet I wouldn't recommend Raiders Of The Lost Arc to.

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