Movie of the Year: Raiders of the Lost Ark 1981

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

Starring: Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Paul Freeman

Writers: George Lucas, Lawrence Kasdan, Philip Kaufman

Budget: $18 000 000

Worldwide Gross: $290 000 000

Studio: Paramount Studios

Thanks for joining us, today I start my favourite movie of the year review where once a week on Thursdays will be a new movie with a new year.

Indiana Jones, archaeology professor and swashbuckling adventurer, has unearthed many an ancient treasure. But now the very future of the world depends on his finding one special relic.
With a bullwhip in his hand and a beautiful lady at his side, Jones journeys from Nepal and Cairo to the Mediterranean, dodging poisons, traps and snakes, battling rivals old and new, all in pursuit of an ancient artifact said to give invincible power to whomever possess it.

The film was George Lucus’ love letter to the action adventure serials of the 1930s and 1940s.  Adjusting for inflation, Raiders of the Lost Ark is one of the highest grossing films ever made, well that’s what I read…I have no idea how to do the math (barely graduated).  Lucas partnered with his friend Spielberg to create this masterpiece which Spielberg was nominated for best director and best picture, he didn’t win either but in my opinion he should have.

Spielberg made each scene feel real and still today is one of the most exciting films created and holds up against the heavy superhero genre we are currently in.  It is an adventure film thru and thru, thee movie brings you from the steaming jungles of South America, the United States of America, Nepal and Cairo and I could even be missing some.

Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones is just absolutely perfect, how fortunate for him to land two iconic roles as Han Solo and Indiana Jones that for whatever reason he brings to life and makes the character his own.  He almost didn’t get the role as Tom Selleck was offered it but due to commitments with Magnum P.I. he had to back out.  People scoff at Selleck in Raiders but I still think he could have made a great Jones and would love to see that movie.  I am glad with how it turned out as we got an amazing Movie franchise from Harrison Ford and one of my favourite television shows in Magnum P.I.  The supporting cast was good, Paul Freeman was quite the despicable and slimy villain but played off of Ford excellently as two polar opposites.  Karen Allen as a strong female character was believable and serviceable.

For the time the movie was created the special effects were good and quite gruesome but thankfully most was done with practical effects.  It is a thrill ride from start to finish and if you are not entertained by it go see a therapist because something is seriously wrong.  I always say to each their own but not in this case.

Thanks for reading part one of my favourite movie of the year edition…Brandon “I also hate snakes” Taylor.