Raiders of the Lost Ark

Raiders of the Lost Ark ★★★★½

Nearly 3000 years, man has been searching for the lost ark. It’s not something to be taken lightly. No one knows its secrets. It’s like nothing you’ve ever gone after before. 

Stuck inside and revisiting some old favorites, I turn now to the Indiana Jones Rewatch, starting with Raiders of the Lost Ark. The adventurous, gun-toting, fedora-wearing, whip-wielding OG tomb raider. The iconic John Williams score. The nonstop forward momentum. The incredible stunt work. The one-shot defeat of turban-wearing scimitar man. And the absolutely perfect performance of Harrison Ford. This film triggers so many positive feelings that it’s really quite easy to overlook a few silly plot contrivances and sweaty of-their-era special effects. This has always been my second favorite of the series, though, and I really locked onto why in this go-round. I’ll cover it fully in my upcoming review of Last Crusade. But suffice it to say that I see this as the not-quite-there predecessor used to perfect the formula that makes the third film in this series absolutely perfect. But hey, being the giant upon whose shoulders future films stand isn’t exactly meant to be a criticism. This is a great film, and I had a blast revisiting it. Highly Recommended. 

Added to: AFI 100 Reranked, Tom’s Top 200, Spielberg Ranked

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