Raiders of the Lost Ark

Raiders of the Lost Ark ★★★★★

There’s not a lot new to say about this movie, but…

… compared to modern popcorn movies, Lawrence Kasdan’s script is exceptionally clear as to what the story is and exceptionally light on dull moments. A lot of lesser films feel like ill-considered connective tissue between setpieces, but everything here flows. 

… the monkey that is also a Nazi spy is just an inspired bit 

… John Williams is very good at his job 

… this was my first rewatch since seeing Spielberg’s West Side Story remake and viewed in that light the big dialogue-light action sequence on the streets of Cairo has a real balletic quality that owes something to Original WSS’s dance/fight choreography and also owes something to what Spielberg would eventually do with the story in terms of putting more kinetic camera activity into it.

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