Raiders of the Lost Ark

Raiders of the Lost Ark ★★★★½

What can I say about this movie that hasn´t been said before? It is probably the best action adventure movie of all time with one of cinema´s most iconic heroes and its impact on popular culture cannot be overstated. Whenever I see it, I have the same feelings of excitement and wonder as I had as a child. It is one of those films that always remind me why I love movies.

“Raiders of the Lost Ark” is perfect from the very first scene, which brilliantly introduces its protagonist and its world and sets the tone for the whole movie. What follows is iconic scene after iconic scene. The set pieces are gorgeous, the action is spectacular, the humor is on point, and the practical effects are still impressive after several decades. And then there is John Williams´s famous score, which makes an already great movie even better. But what makes the movie is of course Harrison Ford´s performance as Indiana Jones. I know no other actor who has or had as much charisma as the young Harrison Ford. He just owns every scene. Indiana Jones was and is the idol of countless young boys and girls. The archaeologist, who searches for mythological artifacts in exotic places is just the quintessential adventurer. He is smart, brave and badass. He is also not the classical hero. Like Ford´s other famous role Han Solo, Indy is cunning, has a smart mouth, and often fights dirty. He has both hero and anti-hero qualities, which makes him very interesting. I also like his banter with the female lead Marion, who is also perfectly introduced in her first scene.

No other movie combines adventure, mystery, action, and humor as well as “Raiders of the Lost Ark”. My only criticism would be that the villains of the movie are not nearly as iconic as the hero. But apart from that, “Raiders of the Lost Ark” is a perfect adventure film and both inspiration and benchmark for all following adventure movies and franchises (including video games like “Tomb Raider” or “Uncharted”). Everyone who loves movies, should see it at least once.

P.S. This is my 100th review on Letterboxd. This is really much more fun than I expected.

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