For 1 Year, 100 Movies, I will watch all of AFI’s 100 Years, 100 Movies list (compiled in 2007) in one year- and will complete a goal on my 2013 Manifesto. Come along on the ride with me- oh, and please pass the popcorn!
Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark. It’s a classic for a reason. You’ve got the story- action, adventure, a love interest, good guys, bad guys, the equivalent of ‘cowboys and Indians’, the ark of the Covenant and Nazis. It’s a recipe for fun, and the adolescent dream of all 13 year old boys. Director Stephen Spielburg and partnering George Lucas give us a movie that never stops and holds your interest from Indy’s classic introduction to the final scene. They even give us a chase scene to rival the epic equivalent from The French Connection. The flow of the movie is fantastic, as are the characters, especially Marion Ravenwood (Karen Allen) and Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford). What may be my favorite part of the film- beyond the director’s assumption that the film’s audience is intelligent, and even cooler than a nerdy professor turned archeologist superhero ninja- is the fact that Indiana Jones is a flawed character, and as such is allowed to fail sometimes.
In my humble, non-professional, average movie-goer opinion this movie earns: