Makes cinema as easy as 1, 2, 3. Lean, not very mean, pretty goofy, but a helluva good time. I've noticed that film academics two generations above me (i.e. those now in their late 40s / early 50s) loathe Spielberg as though he were the Leni Riefenstahl of neoliberalism. However, us millennials grew up with Spielberg on television and so I can't quite clean myself of the nostalgia and don't know if I would want to.
The unselfconsciously imperialist mindset underpinning the Indiana Jones films can't fail to tarnish them and there are several moments in Raiders that I cringe at. Nonetheless, it's hard not to marvel at the brio with which Spielberg carries the whole thing off. Some of the scenes remain unparalleled in their audacity and Ford's belated confirmation as an A-list star is warranted. Easily the best of the four films.
Having rewatched the trilogy over Christmas I was reminded about how brilliant Raiders actually is. Spielberg re-invents 1930s serials and comic strips with such joyous flair and wit and energy that thirty years on, few block busters come anywhere close. . Holywood movies nowadays are often just a sequence of setpeices which are poor in comparison to the likes of the central car chase in this film.
Haha, weeee, this is fun! Oh man, cool! Haha, yeah, awesome! Oooh, so fun! Oh no, Nazis! Yeah, take that you dumb Nazi! Weeeeee! Kick his butt, Indy! Whoa, snakes! Ahhhh!! Oooooh, sexy Indy.... that girl's kind of annoying though... grrr, screw you Belloq! Hah, get em, Indy! omg, melting Nazi faces! Ahhh, so fun! Yeah! :D A- : Would met face again.
3-4. Fun, but I didn't really get into it. Just recently, I gave high marks to a couple films that are mainly 'for fun' because of how well-constructed they are. But Indy's inconsequential nature in the story of the ark kind of takes something away from it. The ending is a tad anti-climactic. And the love story isn't weighty enough to be change enough for the movie. I dunno...