January is my birthday month, so I decided that I would try and do something quite unique and special for this milestone in my life. I will be turning 46, so I decided to watch 47 (46+1 for good luck) of my all time favorite movies in a random order over the course of this month. I have reviewed every one of these films already, but I will now give new perspectives on them all. Every one of these films received a 10/10 scoring from me. Some of these reviews will contain spoilers so if you have never seen them before, I recommend that you read some of my previous reviews of the film that were spoiler free before reading on…
Hope you enjoy!
This is film #13 of the 47.
Let’s continue with… Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
“Look at this. It’s worthless – ten dollars from a vendor in the street. But I take it, I bury it in the sand for a thousand years, it becomes priceless. Like the Ark.” – Belloq
Initial Viewing Memories – First time was on cable in ’83 and I was hooked the very first time because it’s such a fascinating film.
Number of Times Seen – Way too many to count (cable, video, DVD, 3 Apr 2000, 23 Apr 2014, 22 May 2016, 30 Jul 2018 and 8 Jan 2020)
Brief Synopsis – An archeology professor is hired to find the mythical Ark of the Covenant.
My Take on it – Such a fun film that works on so many levels.
The character of Indiana Jones has become so iconic over the past 39 years and it’s so easy to love him and all that he does.
Harrison Ford helps bring the character to life and make him so endearing.
The music by John Williams is superb and helps keep the mood of the film so enjoyable from start to finish.
The film has a great mix of mystery and humor which allows for some “light” scenes along the way that help make things more engaging.
The various cliffhangers thrown in throughout the film help add to the suspense and truly make this film feel like the adventure serials of the 30’s as intended.
This, coupled with the fact that this story is filled with non-stop action from start to finish enhances the way one looks at such a film.
The special effects are superb and add so much to the story especially when they flow so well with the way things unfold.
This is once again proof that George Lucas is an amazing storyteller and that Steven Spielberg knows how to create an astounding film when he has such exquisit a story to tell.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – When Brody first goes to Indy’s house to discuss the mission, Jones is dressed the way he is because he is entertaining a young woman in his bedroom. The script originally planned to show her before moving to the next scene, to give Indy a more worldly persona (like James Bond). However, her appearance was cut, as Steven Spielberg thought that being a playboy did not fit Indy’s character. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)
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