She was an absolute joy and it’s no wonder she captured Indy’s heart; Karen was also a big fan of Scotland and we ended up chatting about that rather than movies, but it felt like I had known her for years.
It got me thinking that a tip of my invisible fedora hat is required to Marion Ravenwood as she is one of my favourite female characters in the action genre.
She’s tough as nails, can hold her liquor and is also likeable/vulnerable too. Marion is the only woman who could tame our globetrotting adventurer and would eventually marry him at the end of the fourth movie.
When we are introduced to her she is drinking shots in a little bar she owns in the mountains of Nepal. Sitting across from a huge burly local who looks like he can hold his own, he soon collapses and she is still sitting upright. Atta girl!
When Indy finally comes to see her looking for a medallion he is greeted by a punch in the face for running out on her years before.
Marion was such a refreshing female character for the reasons listed above and is exactly the woman Indy belonged with. She feels like an authentic and real person who has been through a lot and even though she is tough, we still root for her.
Kate Capshaw’s Willie Scott (Temple of Doom) is (for me) the worst character in the Indiana Jones movies and was everything I don’t want to see in an actioner. She whines for the entire movie, squeals constantly and is even annoyed that she breaks a nail. It felt like a real step back in terms of female characters and is the reason why Raiders will always be my favourite Indy movie.
So let’s raise a shot glass to Marion Ravenwood and watch as she drinks us all under the table.
Below is Karen Allen and myself looking like a total fanboy.