Raiders of the Lost Ark

Raiders of the Lost Ark ★★★★½

Raiders of the Lost Ark revels in swashbuckling adventure, sweeping set pieces, and stunning vistas produced by gorgeous camera shots.

Yet another crown jewel in Spielberg's Infinity Gauntlet, the progenitor of the Indiana Jones franchise is arguably its best entry, taking the audience from the lush jungles of South America that are ridden with danger, to the cold summits of Nepal, to the arid desert dunes outside of Cairo. The cast is impeccable, and seeing John Rhys-Davies laugh will forever bring me joy.

Harrison Ford is.. well.. Harrison Ford. He does what he does best here, play a charismatic hero who improvises on a regular basis to solve his problems. Indiana Jones is one of the greatest characters in film history, so naturally, this film is one of the greatest and quintessential adventure films in history. A true classic in its own right, from the iconic theme from John Williams, to the crack of Indy's bullwhip, the exotic locales, the hatred of snakes, and the face-melting at the film's climax, Spielberg has produced a cinematic wonder of his generation that will be enjoyed by audiences for generations to come.

Oh and Ben Burtt, if you ever read this, I'm onto you, you bastard. You won't get away with this, you crossover-holic.