Monday, July 30, 2007

Marion Ravenwood is a goddess

MARION: In-diana Jones. Always knew someday you'd come walkin' back through my door. I never doubted that - something made it inevitable. So what are you doing in Nepal?

INDY: (Never for a minute seeing it coming, he turns away while she winds up.) I need one of the pieces your father collected.

WHAP!!!!!! (One of the great all-time sucker punches!)

MARION: I learned to hate you in the last 10 years --

INDY: I never meant to hurt you.

MARION: I was a child! I was in love! It was wrong and you knew it!

INDY: You knew what you were doing ...

MARION: Now I do! This is my place! GET OUT!

I love her from the moment she drank that big Mongolian guy under the table. Her opening encounter with Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark is one of the great scenes in one of the greatest movies ever made. When the bad guys blew up her truck, I grieved like nobody's business. When she turned up alive later on, I was happy as a clam.

"It's not the years, it's the mileage." When Indy fell asleep before she could get what she'd been missing for 10 years, I laughed, but I was as frustrated as she was. When she walked off with him to buy him a drink at the end of the film, I couldn't wait to see her in the inevitable sequel.

When she wasn't IN the inevitable sequel, or the one after that, I ached. They were good rides - Indiana Jones is the greatest action hero of them all - but Indiana Jones without Marion Ravenwood is like a Reuben sandwich without sauerkraut.

So when, at the end of a clip from Comic-Con about the long-awaited fourth Indy movie that Wally Conger tossed up on his blog, Harrison Ford and Steven Spielberg introduced Karen Allen, it was like being in that tent again - Marion is alive! And she's going to be in the next movie!!

All of a sudden, instead of having a passing interest and knowing that I'd be there when Indy 4 arrives next year, I HAVE TO SEE THIS MOVIE. Why isn't it Memorial Day 2008 yet? How do I get tickets?

Oh, well. I've waited 25 years to see Indy and Marion live happily ever after. I guess one more year is OK.

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Anonymous Tom Ender said...

Karen Allen ranks as one of my favorite actresses. I haven't seen everything in which she's had a part, but everything I've seen I have enjoyed thoroughly. (I have reviewed two of them.) Marion Ravenwood helped to make the first Indiana Jones film a hit.

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