Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Trailer Rewind: Raiders of the Lost Ark

It's been too damn long since we've had an edition of Trailer Rewind. So I thought it might be wise to take a look back  . . . way back, at one of classics of the action/adventure genre, a movie that gave adventure a name -- Indiana Jones.

That's right: Raiders of the Lost Ark!

The trailer: They don't make trailers like this anymore; simple, exciting, tells you everything you need to know about the movie without giving the whole damn thing away. All you need is to see Harrison Ford and have the names Steven Spielberg and George Lucas thrown at you (back in 1982 that is) and audiences are good to go. Plenty of shots of old-school action too. I think that's the voice of William Conrad. Sold. Actually, I want to watch this mother again! Right now!

The movie: Like anything needs to be said. This is the first, and in my opinion, best Indian Jones adventure, although I have much love for Temple of Doom and Last Crusade. The less said about Crystal Skull the better. Raiders has everything -- action, scares, romance, chases galore and a room full of snakes. Truly, they don't make movies like this anymore. Yes, there's special effects, but they aren't gratuitous. They serve the story, not stand in for it. And Jones is a likable bad ass. He's someone every guy wants to be, and every woman wants to be with. This is B-grade entertainment made on an A-budget, and it's a classic. Trust me!
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