Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
I got to see this again on the big screen for the first time since 1981. Raiders has the record as the film I've seen the most times in the theater. I absolutely love this movie. It's about as close to perfect as I could ask for. And this is also a film I never could handle on the small screen. When it came around on television (back when they would overdub the language, there was no such thing as widescreen, and commercial interruptions were frequent) we'd watch it... sort of. It was always disappointing. When it came out on DVD, well, I didn't even buy a copy, and this is one of my favorite movies of all time! I just knew I'd never watch it, so why spend all that money to buy it? Even after all these years, I still have most of it memorized. From "Hovitos are near" straight through to "You know, a drink?" I have all the sound effects memorized. All the music. I have no need to watch it on a small screen because I can pull it up in my head at any point as I remember it.
But I jumped at the chance to go see it again on the big screen. It's playing on IMAX screens, but the closest IMAX theater to me does not one of the really large screens, so that was a bit disappointing. It was also played so fricking loudly that my earplugs were very nearly not sufficient. I felt so sorry for the kids in the audience, getting their hearing completely ruined at such a young age. I don't know how they could stand it. I seemed to have had a glitchy screening too, as it jumped several times in the opening scene and went out of focus more than once. It seemed to straighten out after the first ten minutes, and it was pretty much awesome from then on.
The funniest thing was, there was no sensation of seeing it on the big screen. It just felt... normal. LOL! All the things I used to look at were right where I expected them to be. Very refreshing to see it as it was meant to be seen, as I remember it.
And it was glorious, from the Paramount logo right through the end credits. It was a very fun evening at the movies.