Thursday, May 22, 2008

The return of Marion Ravenwood

I had no intention of seeing the newest Indiana Jones movie. The second one was awful and the third one was just OK.

Actually, I had to be dragged to "Raiders of the Lost Ark" by an ex-boyfriend because I had no interest in seeing some movie that harkened back to the days of pulp fiction and action movie serials. But Harrison Ford was hot, so I was persuaded. And I found I liked the movie OK. Then suddenly - who was that amazing woman???

Indiana: Hello, Marion.

Marion: Indiana Jones. I always knew some day you'd come walking back through my door. I never doubted that. Something made it inevitable. So, what are you doing here in Nepal?

Indiana: I need one of the pieces your father collected.

[Marion surprises him with a right cross to the jaw]

Marion: I've learned to hate you in the last ten years.

Indiana: I never meant to hurt you.

Marion: I was a child. I was in love. It was wrong and you knew it.

Indiana: You knew what you were doing.

Marion: Now I do. This is my place. Get out.

Now THIS was an action hero I could love and identify with. She drank that big dude under the table - and made a bunch of money on the wager to boot. Then she helps Indiana Jones fight Nazis - making sure to get a swig of liquor during the fight. And then when Indy thinks she's dead, he looks so sexy sitting at the bar in mourning and then confronting the nasty French archeologist, in my favorite moment of the movie, when Indy is so upset he's on the verge of virtual suicide
Indiana: You want to talk to God? Let's go see him together, I've got nothing better to do.

One big disappointment though was the scene where Marion has a chance to use her superpowers of massive alcohol consumption to drink Belloq under the table and get away - and the movie doesn't let her. If she was a guy, she would have. I blame Spielberg for that.

But now she's back and I'm gonna go see the new Indiana Jones movie tomorrow night!

I'm not the only one who loves Marion Ravenwood...

Marion Ravenwood is a goddess

Return Of The Thinking Man's Leading Lady: Karen Allen

Karen Allen revisits feisty role in 4th ‘Indiana Jones’ film

Karen Allen is Back as Marion Ravenswood - fellow feminists also love Marion.

Like most once-successful women in Hollywood, Karen Allen found she was getting crappy roles once she hit 40. She started a textile business as well as teaching acting at Simon's Rock college (my ex-boyfriend's school) and doing occasional theatre and more occasional film.