Raiders of the Lost Ark

Raiders of the Lost Ark ★★★★★

The opening scene to Raiders of the Lost Ark remains among the best in cinematic history, and it's simply the beginning of what amounts to a thrilling, and superbly crafted film that still stands as the adventure to which all others must be judged by.

It has the compelling protagonist, an equally good central performance, a sturdy narrative structure, good cinematography, brisk pacing, an iconic score, strong practical effects, sharp editing, stunning production design, memorable set-pieces and beyond all else, it's a reminder of the magic that has been lost in modern filmmaking.

The scene where a tired Indiana Jones casually shoots a sword-wielding baddie is cinematic filmmaking at it's peak.

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