Raiders! chronicles the making-of of Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation and how all of them come together once again to finish the last scene they simply weren’t able to recreate in the 80s.
Raiders! The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made is a lovely documentary, engaging, informative and made with a lot of respect. I think I liked it better than both the original and the fan film themselves.
After watching The Adaptation I had many questions about the origins of the film and Raiders! answers all of them, and a few I hadn’t even thought of asking. It’s a fascinating look behind the scenes of both the shoot in the 80s and the reunion a few years ago.
Coon and Skousen manage to keep the balance between admiration of the effort and determination of the boys, now men, who made the film and enough distance to be able to show where things didn’t work out, where there were tensions between the creators, where they maybe took it too far (although the last bit was overdramatized a bit for my taste).
The only thing that was lacking was the women’s voices. I mean, I am aware that there were not many girls involved in the original project, but they were there and we barely get to see them, let alone hear from them or of their perceptions of the time.
But nevertheless, I enjoyed the documentary – a lot. And it was simply heartwarming to see that the guys finally got recognition for their efforts and that Steven Spielberg himself knew to appreciate their love letter to his film.
I left the film practically floating, with my faith in humanity renewed. And how often can you say that?