Raiders of the Lost Ark

Raiders of the Lost Ark ★★★★★

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

How in the world did that piece of garbage Chariots of Fire get Best Picture and Score over this? The Academy has absolutely 0 taste for action movies and always give us the same bullshit by picking the same dramas and genres over and over again. This is real cinema, and it's easily one of the best adventure movies of all-time. The John Williams score is beyond legendary for this one, and saying it is iconic is an understatement that just doesn't give it justice. If one doesn't like this score, then I just don't think they appreciate music. With one of the best opening sequences and character introductions in history, the screenplay and ideas from Lucas and Kasdan just come to life while the fun never stops. There really is never a boring moment, and everything about the story is perfect. The comedy, romance, mysticism, history, and yes... snakes. That scene scared the shit out of me as a child. The visual effects and set designs are some of my favorites in any film, and definitely the best throughout the 80s. The ancient history and designs just pop from the screen and seem so authentic. The cinematography and film editing, especially in the fast-paced chase scenes, are just unheard of during that time, and stretch all the boundaries and limits... such as during the truck-chase scene towards the end. Harrison Ford is the only man that could pull off the character of Indiana Jones, and he is definitely one of the greatest actors of all-time who has shaped our love for cinema. Raiders of the Lost Ark and the Star Wars films were some of the first movies I had seen in my life, and Steven Spielberg and George Lucas singlehandedly changed my life. Obviously this is in my Top 20 favorite films, and it will continue to stay there, beyond a doubt, for the rest of my life.

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