80. Raiders of the Lost Ark - The Part-Time Critic

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

80. Raiders of the Lost Ark

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
Directed by Steven Spielberg

The first of several Spielberg films on the list and it is one that most anyone reading this has seen. You all know why this one is to be cherished; the awesome wisecracking lead character, the superb action set pieces, the iconic shadow cinematography, the instantly recognizable score and of course watching Nazi’s get beat up.

If it wasn’t for what I think is a little bit of an anti-climactic ending then this film would be much higher on the list. Sure, it’s popular and memorable, but the whole “close your eyes” while the ark is opened bit is too passive and ‘dues ex machina’ for it to be the action climax of this action standard bearer. Taking that aside, this is an indispensable film for me. Like most, I rank this one first, The Last Crusade second, The Temple of Doom third, and that unfortunate one that came out last year last. How would you rank them?
Enjoy a scene of pure fun

1 comment:

  1. I agree with your ranking for the Jones movies, a lot of people have raiders as their top, but I found it to be less humorous (and landship fighty) than Last Crusade and lacked the raw creepiness and mystery that came with Temple of Doom.