40 Years, 40 Disney Movies: Counting Down to Daddy’s Birthday Night 28 – Raiders of the Lost Ark!

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Welcome welcome welcome to another COUNTDOWN TO DADDY’S 40TH BIRTHDAY YEAH BUDDY SO LETS WATCH MOVIES AND EAT SOME FOOD post. And for this one, we watched a pretty great one. But to be honest, for every post we watched a pretty great one. These are my favorite Disney movies so….

But yeah, we watched Raiders of the Lost Ark. My favorite Indiana Jones movie. Also, everyone’s favorite Indiana Jones movie. Shhh…you know it’s true.

The food

We didn’t go nuts on the food for this one because we were so focused on the activity (below). We ended up ordering some rolling boulder (meatball) calzones we ate while we watched the movie.

calzone

The Cal-zone is literally THE best zone.

Also all the cheese definitely was reminiscent of face melting. So.

you melted lol

The activity

The activity for this one was AWE. SOME.

So this place recently opened up in Malden called Boda Borg. It’s like this building with all these different sets of rooms. And each set of rooms is essentially a quest that you and your team have to try and complete. Each quest starts in one room and as you complete challenges, you move onto the next. No instructions, nothing…you gotta just figure it out. It’s like the first of its kind in North America, but I guess it’s pretty popular in Sweden.

sweden 3

Sweden, man….Sweeeeeeeeden.

 

It was super fun. And the whole idea of “questing” really fit well with the movie.

alcatraz

“Let me tell you something my friend. Hope is a dangerous thing. Hope can drive a man insane.”

jungle

Welcome to the jungle. We got fun and games.

The movie

Man, I love this movie. And unlike many of the films on this list, it’s pretty much all on the surface. This movie exists pretty much on the surface. And for some, this might seem a negative but in this case? Totally fine. Because the surface of this movie is enough. There is so much happening in every single frame here. The movie moves so quickly from one adventure to the next that it would really leave no time to delve into any deeper meaning.

As a character, Indiana Jones is all kinds of awesome. Combining an innate sense of justice, a thirst for adventure and a predilection towards sarcasm he is tough to top. It’s just a real fun movie to watch. And Indiana is a real easy hero to root for. I mean, he is fighting the Nazis fer chrissakes. It’s like…if someone in a movie is fighting the Nazis he automatically becomes best. This is ob-v.

These movies were such a big part of my childhood. As a kid, I would thrill at watching Indy travel the world in search of treasure, battling the bad guys and getting the girl..ahem…girls. Speaking of Indy’s girls..it’s definitely a shame the hottest one he got ended up being a Nazi that slept with his Dad. Womp to the womp.

girls

Aw Willie. You are so terrible.

And these movies stirred in me a sense of adventure that, while perhaps not leading me to places like Tanis in search of treasure, did lead me through the streets of Malden with my trusty metal detector.

nerds

OK, fine. Indy I ain’t. But still, watching these movies leaves me feeling much the way I did when I would watch them as a kid. Full of wonder, excitement and with a dumb smile on my face. And just as I said with my Empire Strikes Back/Return of the Jedi post a little ways back (link), the Indiana Jones movies offer me the chance to experience it all over again through the eyes of my boys. It is a testament to how great these movies are that I can still watch them thrill as Indy runs from a rolling boulder…

boulder gif

Wait. what?

Laugh when Indy brings a gun to a sword fight…

shooting gif

Wait. Before you kill me, can I ask you something? Sure, shoot….no, wait.

And cover their eyes at melting faces.

melting face gif

OK, who farted?

In this world of screens upon screens upon screens, it seems more important than ever to stir in our children a spirit of adventure. And while Indy can’t be wholly responsible for this, its nice to know he’ll always be there to help remind us how much of a world is out there if you’re willing to look for it.

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