jpark’s review published on Letterboxd:
Raiders of the Lost Ark, a film that certainly belongs within the pantheon of great cinematic adventures, is a masterpiece of dazzling escapism and volcanic creativity. Everything about the film is iconic, whether it be Harrison Ford's legendary turn as Indy, Spielberg's unhinged inventiveness, or the ceaselessly entertaining narrative that never loses it's vitality. Spielberg speaks volumes through camerawork, perfectly capturing the bravura action set pieces and iconic humor through deliberately staged choreography and shot selections. It's truly a testament to the brilliance of the "big three" blockbuster minds of the era. Kasdan and Lucas bring the boldness and intelligence with a buoyant and dashing script, while Spielberg's masterful direction brings the invaluable heart that gleefully beats at the core of the Indiana Jones mythos. From the sophisticated halls of Oxford University to the dusty halls of a snake-infested tomb, Raiders of the Lost Ark is an immaculate and breathtaking classic of adventure entertainment, and undoubtedly one of the best arguments for the merits of escapist cinema. Spielberg is a singular film maker that captured the essence of blockbuster filmmaking, and that is on full display here. Raiders of the Lost Ark is impossibly good.
The first entry into my soon-to-begin Steven Spielberg Ranked