Everyone has that movie that traumatized them as a child but didn't really affect anyone else. For me, that was Raiders of the Lost Ark (and Who Framed Roger Rabbit, but that's another story). It's the snakes really that did it, and godamn that snake scene near the end is still difficult for me to watch. Beyond that though, it's a shame it took me so long to give this film another look, because it's really a perfect adventure film. Not an action film (though there is action in it) but an adventure film. That's a genre we don't really see a lot anymore, and it's a real shame. There is such a spirit of fun and adventure to this whole movie that, besides the snakes, it's a real joy to watch. It's also got a great sense of tension. During the opening scene with Indy's famous escape from the temple and the giant boulder, I was genuinely tensed up and worried for him. Think about that, that's crazy. I've seen this movie before and know he survives, it's only 15 minutes in the movie so logically he'd have to survive, and he's got sequels with an older Indy so he must survive. There's no reason why I should be tense and worried, but I was so caught up in the moment that I genuinely was. It's moments like that which show why Spielberg is a masterful director. Other than the snakes, my gripes with the film are minor. I didn't love the female lead, and despite many scenes of her being tough and confident there were still some damsel and distress scenes that were kind of annoying, but that's really a nitpick and kind of fits with the overall tone and style the movie was going for. So despite my childhood trauma, it's really a great film, practically perfect. But those snakes...I just can't get past them.