Raiders of the Lost Ark

Raiders of the Lost Ark ★★★★★

It’s not my favorite Indy (that would be Temple of Doom), but it’s easily the best one in the series, and is arguably Spielberg at his most masterful.

I wish I was around when it came out (I was 4, and not quite yet attuned to pop culture) because I can’t imagine how excited I’d be if I saw this at my local theater on opening weekend. My state of euphoria would’ve been off the charts.

I just showed this to my 10-year-old son for the first time. It is still goddamn perfect. Not a wasted frame and a seamless blend of action and intrigue, with the most hummable of scores and a Harrison Ford at his peak charm. The kid loved it, naturally, but I don’t think he’ll fully appreciate its masterwork until he’s older.

After over a dozen viewings of this in my lifetime, I’m still appreciating it more and more at each pass.

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