Raiders of the Lost Ark

The Top 63 Marathon, part 45

Title: Raiders of the Lost Ark
Year: 1981
Length: 115 minutes
Director: Steven Spielberg
Writer: Lawrence Kasdan; story by George Lucas & Philip Kaufman
Starring: Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Paul Freeman, Ronald Lacey, John Rhys-Davies
Music: John Williams
Distinctions: Oscars for Best Art Direction/Set Decoration, Best Editing, Best Visual Effects and Best Sound; special Academy Award for sound effects editing; Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Cinematography and Best Score; currently #22 on the IMDb’s Top 250

My reaction
Synopsis: a treasure-hunter races the Nazis
How I saw it: on video many times, most recently yesterday (have on DVD)
Concept: Great.
Story: Great.
Characters: Great.
Dialog: Bad. But in a good way.
Pacing: Indifferent. I was surprised to note that it’s less than two hours long. It always seems to go on for a long time. But at the same time, most scenes move too quickly.
Cinematography: Indifferent.
Special effects/design: Great. Okay, the special effects get pretty cheesy at the end, but Dr. Jones’ three-piece suit is kind of beautiful.
Acting: Good.
Music: Good.
Subjective Rating: 8/10 (Great). Pretty damn fun.
Objective Rating: 3.1/4 (Very good).


One Response to Raiders of the Lost Ark

  1. Łowiczanka says:

    Loved this film, too !!
    Too bad the 4th film fell flat. I didn’t like the kid.
    One of my favorite scenes is in the (I think) 3rd film, where they ride through the Siq to Petra !!

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