Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Timeless adventure masterpiece still as good today as it was in the 80’s

9 August 2017

Warning: Spoilers

An iconic movie so good it will stand the test of time and has spawned sequels, video games, merchandise and all sorts.

Harrison Ford plays Indiana Jones (well, Henry Jones actually but he borrowed his dog’s name of Indiana because he preferred that), he’s a professor archaeologist who dabbles in the occasional adventure for the US Government and wealthy benefactors. It’s 1936 and the Nazi scourge is a real threat. Jones is hired to retrieve the Arc of the Covenant before the Nazi’s get their evil grubby paws on it. Opposing him is Dr Rene Belloq played by Paul Freeman. Who will win the race to get the find the covenant and what will it mean for life as we know it?

Directed by Steven Spielberg this is one of those movies which made him a cinematic master. With writing credits to George Lucas, off the back of Star Wars, and a John Williams musical score you are surely going to be entertained.

This is a movie I can watch and re-watch, it never fails to entertain me. The musical score pushes a fantastic pace for the movie and delivers some iconic tunes too – I can still hum the theme tunes without any problems remembering how it went. It’s a no holds barred adventure with fun, humour, romance, thrills, spills, horror and suspense. Harrison Ford delivers a fantastic performance as the archaeologist turned adventurer, I’d suggest his performance is the benchmark against which any other adventure film is measured against. This is slightly darker than other Indiana Jones films but in fairness it was the start of a dynasty so audiences were only just learning about him, character development in later films would make him more family friendly but this film was rightly a PG at the time as there is the occasional tense horrifying moment and occasional bloodshed. By today’s standards that is nothing though, and you can still safely watch this with young children without fear.

I love this film, just look at the other reviews to see that practically everyone else loves this film too. You can’t go wrong with this at all. Get the popcorn, close the curtains and crank the volume up to 10. You are in for a treat whether you have seen this a billion times or you are experiencing it a new!



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