Released 1981 (USA)
American, in English (plus several other languages, some translated, some not)
Director - Steven Spielberg
Stars - Harrison Ford, Karen Allen
Dr. Henry Walton “Indiana” Jones (Ford), an archaeologist and adventurer, is drawn into a quest to find the Ark of the Covenant. Allen co-stars as Indy’s friend and love interest, Marion Ravenwood.
Fairly graphic violence; implied sexy times; blue language.
I mean, I know they’re Nazis, but the bad guys are such caricatures that the only reason they don’t twirl their mustaches is because they don’t have them to twirl. It’s pretty over-the-top.
Every Indiana Jones movie has a moment, a moment where I can no longer suspend my disbelief, where I have to roll my eyes and think to myself, “Oh, come on now, that’s just too ridiculous to believe.” In this one, it’s the [SPOILER I guess] traitor monkey [SPOILER]. So embarrassingly stupid.
It’s so much fun!
It’s funny. These films all have great dialogue (my personal favorite is Last Crusade, wonderful banter, and excellent chemistry between Ford and Connery).
It’s got great pacing. Starts you out with action, slows it down a bit for some exposition, and then it’s off to the races. It never feels slow or boring, just moves on from one thrill to the next.
Have you ever met a person who doesn’t like at least one of the Indiana Jones movies? I haven’t. They’re popular for a reason: they’re a high-charged, entertaining romps around the world that we all wish we could go on at least once in our lives. The character of Indy is relatable, I think, because he’s a mix between an everyman and a Renaissance Man. He’s got both book smarts and common sense, he’s strong, he’s handsome, he can fight, he knows how to do random stuff, but unlike the IMO dreadfully boring Superman, he also makes mistakes. What’s not to like? While this isn’t my favorite Indiana Jones flick (see above), it’s a damn fine film.
I give it 4.25 stars.