Director: Steven Spielberg
Reviving legendary film franchises is not an easy thing. As we learned from the gag inducing monstrosity that was Star Wars 4. But with dump trucks of cash to be made from bringing back classics we’re forced to watch as more and more cherished memories are given the greed makeover.
So it is with Raiders of the Lost Ark which continues to be the bar to which all adventure movies aspire. Unfortunately, not even their own sequels come close to the brilliant original.
While this film is as good as most Indiana Jones rip-off movies like the Mummy, National Treasure, DaVinci Code that is not a very high bar. It is obvious though that no one does escaping from crumbling ancient fortresses quite like the Indiana Jones team.
If I’m not mistaken, this film is the first in a genre we’re going to see a lot more of… Senior citizen movies. Yes the Baby Boomers apparently want to see pensioners swinging from vines and kicking ass. Harrison Ford is perfect in that role since is most definitely not a young man. Handsome? Yes, but certainly not young. In fact Spielberg, Lucas and Harrison Ford are collectively 190 years old.
This film will not win over any new fans and will most likely disappoint anyone expecting anything more than a reunion show. Without spoiling any plot points I can’t stress this next sentence enough. The second (yes second) the crystal skull is situated in its final resting place… LEAVE THE THEATRE! After that it gets ridiculous then the ten minute tagged on ending is equal parts pathetic, unnecessary and inexcusable.