Adrian's Review of Raiders of the Lost Ark
Raiders of the Lost Ark(1981)
One of the most ingenious ideas ever to be conceived on a Hollywood script, a revolution in film at the time of it's release, that virtually redefined the action/adventure genre. Inspired by classic pulp-adventures of the 1940's, Raiders of the Lost Ark follows adventurer and archaeologist, "Indiana Jones" in his quest to uncovering the ancient and powerful biblical artifact, "The Ark of the Covenant", while racing against the Nazis, whom are determined of unleashing it's power to accomplish Hitler's dream of world domination. The imagination of George Lucas, and the beautiful direction conducted by Steven Spielberg had essentially mesmerized audiences around the world, with a ground-breaking story embedded in a plot that endures a never-ending cavalcade of swash-buckling action and adventure, presented with eye-popping stunts and chase sequences.
One of the greatest spectacles in the film showcase magnificent special effects and visuals that present great eye-candy to behold, and look very convincing in it's verge to look real. Melting Nazi's anyone? Amidst all the action, the film never forgets about it's characters, who are what genuinely allow this film to work, and participate in scenes that shine with star-studded romance and human drama. These brilliant and love-able characters, are portrayed by very capable actors who never let the audience down with their superb dedication, particularly with "Harrison Ford", who played the lead-role of the bad-ass, jaw-socking, but yet charming archaeologist, Indiana Jones, (whew, that's one hell of a combination) and gave a memorable and iconic performance, remembered today in the world of pop-culture and cinema history.
What is most admirable about the film however, is how it's source material pays tribute to the cult B-Movie adventure serials that delighted North-American audiences, and allow them to escape the harsh realities of the Great Depression and WWII, of which Lucas and Spielberg were inspired by during their childhood, to later produce this spectacle of an action flick. Raiders of the Lost Ark beholds, all of the thrilling escapades of classic adventure cinema, matching the tone, look, and feel to the movies with it's amazingly choreographed stunt-work, authentic set-pieces and musical score. It's almost works as a big budget B-Movie, and a trip down memory lane in it's homage to the Saturday-Matinee serials. An influential piece of film-making that spawned a great and successful franchise, that shall forever lie as an inspiration to Hollywood directors who love delighting their audiences with spectacular and unforgettable adventure.