Sunday, August 28, 2011

Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

Links: TVTropes (entire series), Wikipedia, IMDB (8.7).

This classic 80's action movie became the first in the Indiana Jones trilogy, the other George Lucas trilogy that Harrison Ford starred in. The premise is "Hey, 1930s pulp action comics were fun, weren't they? Let's have an adventurous tomb-raiding thief archaeologist fight the Nazis!" When I rewatched the film recently, I found out that I'd been mistaken about something: this one actually was a bit better than Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. I'd remembered correctly that the film drags from the ship leaving Egypt to the climax of the movie, but that section was shorter than I thought, and the rest of the movie is actually very well paced and fun. If you haven't seen this movie, climb out from under your rock and go see it. Score: 4 stars out of 4.

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