𝐏𝐚𝐨𝐥𝐨 𝐌𝐚𝐜𝐆𝐮𝐟𝐟𝐢𝐧’s review published on Letterboxd:
Moving from the Peruvian jungles to the mountainous peaks of Nepal and the alleys of Cairo, the archaeologist Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford at his finest) escapes the tarantulas and snakes, fights Germans and Arabs, and challenges a thousand dangers to prevent the ancient Ark of the Covenant from falling into the hands of the Nazis. Raiders of the Lost Ark, a movie with a dizzying rhythm, born from the love of Steven Spielberg for the serials all action and escapism from the 30s and 40s, is a perfect blend of adventure, irony, special effects, pursuits and excellent acting. The director, also helped by the script by Lawrence Kasdan, reinterprets classical cinema in a postmodern key, putting together a series of cultural, literary and historical references expertly collected and reworked according to a point of view that exploits the expressive possibilities offered by new technologies and privileges pure entertainment. A formula imitated and never equaled by several films in the years to come.