Dave Griffey at Daffey Thoughts gives us the details:
So one Angelo Delos Trinos wrote over at Screen Rant why Raiders of the Lost Ark has not aged well. Not because of quality or directing or effects. In a nutshell, because it wasn’t made in conformity to the superior and infallible intellectual and morally superior standards of modern politically correct sensitivities. The end.
Yep. That, to me, is a best part of the movie. Unlike most of the cinematic bilge coming out today, which is in full service and thralldom to the political Left and the rigorous demands of political correct categories, Raiders was a film when film was still an art wrapped in an industry. Today, it’s an industry in slavish devotion to a political movement with art barely making the list.
And it shows. Today the heroes must conform to PC categories. Oh they might have this or that doubt or this or that emotional struggle. But if they’re good they’re good because of their socially assigned categorical identity. Likewise the bad guys will be bad in conformity to PC demands, being religious, conservative, white, masculine men, capitalists, and on and on. No code of the 1930s was more unwavering in its demand that all film conform to its standards than the Left today. And more to the point, most filmmakers today are happy to be slavish thralls to the demands of today’s leftist state.
Basically the point of the piece at Screen Rants is that Raiders should have been a one dimensional movie with superficial ingredients taken from the multi-cultural, politically correct cereal box. The story should have been vapid and predictable, with lame and rehashed plot points that have been rehashed a thousand times. The characters should have been thin and hollow caricatures based on the ingredients list from politically correct categories. And all must have been in conformity to these things 100%, or they would be condemned outright. See filmmakers like Quentin Tarantino today, almost bowing before the modern Left and nonetheless blasted for not keeping in line 100% when he does deviate.
That would have been the movie if Raiders was made today. I’m thankful that Angelo Delos Trinos and the requisite demands were not around in 1981 to pollute such a wonderful movie. Because, if you read it again, you realize that the rants are based purely on the film’s failure to conform to the left’s PC dictates. No concern withe quality of story, or direction, or acting, or production. In fact, quality seems to mean nothing at all. Only conformity to the latest now. Because, if you haven’t noticed, there is nothing as intolerant, judgmental and close-minded as the modern left.
BTW, I grow tired of the idea that anything a white European or American does is default evil. The problem with an actor from Europe playing an Egyptian misses old 60s and 70s Japanese television where Japanese actors play Arabic characters, or Middle Eastern actors portraying Europeans in movies about the Crusades. That’s what actors were assumed to do, before the dark days of the Politically Correct Empire. Now, as I see black musicians refusing to play Mozart because white, and white musicians refusing to play any composer because white, and any white authors decried because of their whiteness, or any white actor or male actor or heterosexual actor told to stay in a PC mandated box and don’t dare come out, I’m reminded how books like 1984 or Fahrenheit 451, despite their over the top predictions, can still end up falling far short of the eventual reality.
Go here to comment. Some comments about the original article:
Simply put, people of non-Western nationalities are shown as exotic caricatures at best and non-white bad guys at worst. The Hovitos tribe, Toht’s Nepalese gunmen, and the Egyptians only exist to hinder or help Indy, having little to no agency to speak of.
Which is also true of the Germans who are all portrayed as evil Nazis. This is a pulp movie, not an academic treatise!
One of Indy’s best friends is Sallah, a fellow archeologist and excavator who’s known for his jovial attitude. He’s also an Egyptian who’s portrayed by the Welsh actor John Rhys-Davies in both Raiders of the Lost Ark and The Last Crusade.
To the filmmakers’ credit, Sallah is a fun and well-written supporting character who was expertly brought to life by Davis. Still, this doesn’t excuse the casting of a Welshman for a character clearly written as an Egyptian. The fact that Davis actually spent majority of his youth in Tanzania because his father was a colonial officer doesn’t help matters.
John Rhys Davies, a marvelous actor, has an astounding range, up to and including dwarves. The idea that there should be some sort of race test for roles should be abhorrent to anyone who purports to be against racism. Using the occupation of a man’s father against him is low even by Leftist standards.
When they first meet in Raiders of the Lost Ark, Marion yells at Indy for taking advantage of her when she was “a child.” She was being literal, as the novelization confirms that she was 15 when she slept with Indy – who was in his ‘20s. Legally speaking, that’s a huge no-no.
Actually it isn’t. At that time the age of consent in Indiana was 12. My sainted maternal grandmother was 15 when she was wed to my grandfather who was four years older. They had their first child when my grandmother was 16. They remained married until my grandfather’s death in his early sixties. Indiana may have run afoul of laws against fornication but they tended to be unenforced.
Since he’s based on the likes of Doc Savage, it shouldn’t be surprising to say that Indiana Jones is an outdated archetype. This isn’t just because explorers aren’t famous, but because of his attitude and mannerisms.
Yep, that is true. He was portrayed as a real man and not a contemporary soy boy.
Leftism destroys everything it touches.