Raiders of the Lost Ark

Raiders of the Lost Ark ★★★★½

• Why did I ever see that wacky cutaway to the car falling off a previously nonexistent cliff as a problem? Consequently, this proves that I used to be crazy and am now sane.

• Honestly, anytime anything flagrantly impossible happens in this (Indie on the U-Boat, Indie on the horse out of nowhere), half the fun is in how cavalier the movie is in not giving a shit.

• I wonder how many people have been wrongly convinced to shoot their films in scope because Spielberg makes it look so easy.

• The Nepal fight/shootout is a little clunky and always has been.

• As great as Karen Allen is, Marion is one heck of an incoherent character eh?

• Michael Kahn's disdain for anything resembling continuity is so great.

• This thing's structure is bonkers. If we're going to use the linguistics of the three-act structure here, this thing is something like Prologue, 1, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, [deliberately unsatisfying and perfunctory 3]. Of course pop cinema writers learned all the wrong lessons from this, as they do.