Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

In anticipation of the May 22 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, I re-visited Raiders of the Lost Ark for the first time in a long time. Entertainment Weekly did a good feature on the series, and had this to say:

Raiders obliterated those wheezy old rules [of beginnings, middles, and ends] by plunging headfirst into the good stuff. In fact, it is a movie entirely made up of good stuff–115 minutes of unrelenting climaxes stacked up on top of one another.

It was good in the theater when I was thirteen; it’s good at home now that I’m forty. This is such straightforward, pure entertainment that Spielberg and Lucas made it look effortless, though this is belied by its near inability to be duplicated.

3 Responses to “Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)”

  1. weirleader Says:

    great flick!

    “though this is belied by its near inability to be duplicated…”

    You are absolutely right! Look at how mediocre the sequel (Temple of Doom) was. I was pretty happy with Last Crusade, but I’m hoping for closer to the first with this last one!!!

  2. girldetective Says:

    Urgh. We watched Temple of Doom last night. Review to come. Not good.

  3. Sydney Says:

    Am I the only one concerned that Indy is now pushing 70? He will be 67 when this new movie is released. He is the same age as my DAD! Think of it this way… when you sit in the theater and watch this new flick, he would be eligible for the senior citizen rate if he were your date. Also, he is now 8 years OLDER than Sean Connery was when Sean played Indy’s DAD in Last Crusade. (Incidentally, Sean is a mere 12 years older than Harrison.) Can you say MEDICARE?