Raiders of the Lost Ark

Raiders of the Lost Ark ★★★★★

It’s amazing how you can watch a movie 30+ times and still find a handful of new observations. For example, I forgot about the extra that lands on the windshield and smiles at Indy as he drives with the arc, and the way Indy says “Holy shit” when he sees the Nazi submarine show up. It’s so hard for me to watch this movie objectively, and I got the closest to doing so this time, but still find it hard to look past what is essentially a vital baseline for my entire code of thinking. This film is such an essential part of me that I constantly reference it in my head, be it auditory or visually, that it’s hard to look at it beyond my inherent subjective lens. It’s more than rose tinted nostalgia vision, it’s like reassessing a family member’s involvement in your life. With all its cheese, roughness around the edges, and tropes, Raiders of the Lost Ark is beyond critic proof for sheer joy at the core of its vulnerable lust for adventure.

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