The last movie that I watched from my list was Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf. While I marveled over the brilliant acting and writing, I felt somewhat scarred afterwards. It’s a difficult movie to watch. When I checked to see what movie was next I was relieved. Raiders of the Lost Ark is the perfect movie to watch after being traumatized by Taylor’s performance. Raiders is fun, packed with adventure and humor, and reminds me of my childhood.
The movie, released in 1981, is a classic fantasy-adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg. And it has one of my favorite movie stars from the eighties: Harrison Ford. I loved him in the Indiana Jones and Star Wars movies. It seems that it was always someone’s birthday when one of Ford’s movies was released and a group of us would have a party that entailed going to the theater to catch the latest Harrison Ford flick. Whenever I watch these movies as an adult, I remember these happy childhood memories.
When the four of us sat down to watch this movie, I was shocked to learn that The Better Half never liked Raiders. How in the world can someone dislike Raiders? Even after we finished it, TBH still disliked the film. I can’t explain it. The boys reacted differently to the movie. Miles loved the action scenes and at times was on the edge of his seat.
Atticus agrees with The Better Half and was more entertained by a dust bunny on the floor.
I’m with Miles. Even though I’ve seen this movie many times, I really enjoyed watching it again. It had been many years since I sat down and watched it from beginning to end and I still felt like a kid watching it for the first time. And just to prove that the movie is fabulous and that The Better Half and Att are wrong, the film was the top-grossing film in 1981. It was nominated for nine Academy Awards and won four. The success of this film led to three more movies. The film is ranked 66 on AFI’s top one hundred films of all time. Take that TBH and Att.
Up next is another favorite of mine: The African Queen.