Raiders of the Lost Ark

Raiders of the Lost Ark ★★★★★

"Snakes...why did it have to be snakes?"

This was the latest in the series of things I'm showing my son as he grows up and develops his tastes, and I'm so glad he could see the same wonder in the film that I do, and it was really cool to see someone watch Indiana Jones for the first time, especially since I was about the same age as him when I first watched.

The sense of wonder Raiders brings is undeniable. Watching someone traverse the world and fight bad guys in the name of preserving history is so much fun, even when it's scary, that you're not only sucked into the story and admiring the way it's being told, but it's planting seeds in your mind that are waiting for just the right amount of water and sunlight before they burst out into a beautiful blossom. It's no secret or accident that this series wqs responsible for years and years of imitation and play among the young, and I hope that same inspiration hit my son on some subconscious level. In the age of screens, we need something like this to dare us to embrace real life adventure, before the very concept of imagination is lost to the sands of time like so many artifacts that our hero needs to protect.

What else can be said about this movie that hasn't been said for decades? It's simply magical, from the opening Paramount logo turning into the junglescape to the closing shot inside the warehouse. Spielberg's mastery of filmmaking ushered in the concept of the blockbuster, and we owe him for that. Everything about this just works fantastically well, from the horror aspects to the humor, the shots of movements observed by shadow and the iconic score theme and score to the time-tested performance of Harrison Ford.

Movies are magic, and you need look no further for concrete proof.

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