Ripplin’s review published on Letterboxd:
When interest in finding the Ark of the Covenant renews, archaeologist/professor/adventurer Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) is asked by the U.S. government to find it before the Nazis do, believing they might try to use it as some kind of weapon. Along the way, he'll have to deal with many enemies, including long-time archaeologist rival Belloq (Paul Freeman), who is working with the Nazis, and snakes...lots and lots of snakes.
It had been many years since my last (and first?) viewing, so it was nice to see again. To be honest, I remembered a lot of the story partly because of playing the Lego game. ;) This is not one I grew up with; I definitely would not have been allowed to see it as-is, as it's pretty rough at times, but even if it had been on TV in edited form, I don't think young me would have cared much, as I was far more into sci-fi, cars and cartoons. Perhaps if he had worn a jetpack...
Anyway, it's a lot of fun overall (though that roughness I mentioned still crinkled my nose at times). Lots of humor and interesting action. Has to be interesting for me, or I won't care much; here, I did. It was nice to reacquaint myself with the characters. Good mix of loyal and treacherous (Alfred Molina's character displayed both!). Bit of a shame Marion (Karen Allen) didn't come back in either of the 80s sequels. Nice that John Ryhs-Davies did in Last Crusade, which was my favorite of the Indy movies upon initial viewing (might still be, but we'll see...). Oh, and nice to see Eddie Tagoe too, who has to be best known as Chocolate Mousse from Top Secret!
Overall, good stuff, and I'm looking forward to seeing the rest while this one is still fresh in mind.
P.S. Did anyone else find themselves constantly distracted by the soundtrack, though? John Williams is, and always will be, a favorite of mine, but there's SO much here that sounds like re-worked themes from Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back that throughout, I kept thinking 'oh, that sounds like [such-and-such] from Star Wars, oh that sounds like [such-and-such] from Empire, oh, he'd use that later on in Jedi,' etc... It's still great, but knowing the original Star Wars trilogy music so well, I couldn't help thinking that way. *shrug*
P.P.S. Shouldn't this have been called Raiders of the Previously Lost Ark? Haha. ;) (if they're raiding it, then it's not lost anymore, is it?)