433. Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark

Background info

433-raiders-of-the-lost-arkTitle: Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
Director: Steven Spielberg
Year: 1981
Run time: 1hr 55m

“Get ready for edge-of-your-seat thrills in Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark. Indy (Harrison Ford) and his feisty ex-flame Marion Ravenwood (Karen Allen) dodge booby-traps, fight Nazis and stare down snakes in their incredible worldwide quest for the mystical Ark of the Covenant. Experience one exciting cliffhanger after another when you discover adventure with the one and only Indiana Jones.”

Live blog

2:42 – Love Alfred Molina doing an accent.
4:21 – I see, this is blatantly where Tomb Raider came from. Dusty tunnels, flares. Not so much the whip though.
9:33 – Ooh, the rolling ball. That’s famous.
10:59 – Excellent evil plan laugh.
12:39 – Snakes on a plane!
19:04 – Yea! A map with a line on. Love those.
29:29 – This German guy looks just like the Gestapo out of ‘Ello ‘Ello.
34:45 – I like her.
41:17 – How much chaos can one man cause in Cairo?
56:29 – She hates him enough as it is, leaving her as their prisoner isn’t going to help their relationship.
58:46 – Worst working conditions ever? Dusty hot desert, now dig.
1:00:51 – “Why did it have to be snakes?” My thoughts exactly.
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1:05:31 – Oops, that was me hiding from the snakes.
1:08:25 – Mobile coat hanger is awesome.
1:16:00 – Their big heavy blocks don’t look totally realistic. I call polystyrene.
1:23:53 – Feel sorry for that horse, it’s just been left in the middle of nowhere.
1:33:23 – “God dammit Indy, where doesn’t it hurt?” I like an action hero that shows his war wounds.
1:35:33 – Ooh, submarine. That makes up for everything.
1:42:36 – I think Belloc just ate a fly and kept on acting. That’s some serious dedication.
1:48:28 – I’m sorry, I would have had to have opened my eyes at some point during that.

Conclusions

Where to begin with Indiana Jones? I have attempted to watch something of this franchise twice. The first time, I gave up because hello? There was a pit full of snakes. The second time, it was this film, with the shadows in the bar and I was taken aback by the bloody shoot-out. It wasn’t what I was expecting and I switched it off, probably putting on a Friends DVD instead.

So, fast forward rather a few more years and I was ready to give it another chance. You can clearly see that I didn’t deal so well with the snakes, but I thought the rest of it was pretty entertaining.

Harrison Ford turns out to be quite a good looking chap in his day, which was a surprise to me, and the story was a good adventure.

After we watched it, we then had to watch the Big Bang Theory episode which spoiled it (but thankfully I had forgotten the crux of). Love the whole concept.

Rating: 4/5

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