Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
If adventure has a name... it must be Indiana Jones.
After arriving in India, Indiana Jones is asked by a desperate village to find a mystical stone. He agrees, and stumbles upon a secret cult plotting a terrible plan in the catacombs of an ancient palace.
Whilst this Indiana Jones prequel is still an okay film it is hard to escape the fact that it is weaker than the popcorn perfection that is, Raiders of the Lost Ark. It is somehow both darker and significantly goofier than its predecessor (or should that be successor, chronologically speaking) with typical ‘80s trappings that date it more than all the other films - namely an irritating child sidekick and a screeching love interest who proves to be a far weaker romantic foil than Karen Allen’s Marion Ravenwood. Yet whilst it still possesses the edge of your seat action, the charm of Harrison Ford’s Indy and some memorable cameo sequences it never hangs together as well and is showing its…
A lot of peoples least favourite of the original trilogy but I stand strong with my huge appreciation for this Spielberg action epic of monstrous proportions. I have great love for this action packed adventure. Spielberg ups the ante with some of the most elaborate and spectacular action set pieces with an opening sequence that astounds me every time. Yes, some of the effects look a little dated now but what an opener! in fact Temple of Doom is my most watched of the trilogy (lets us not speak of the fourth!) pretty much down to the opening scene and the mine cart scene alone. I love how completely over the top this film is. With fantastic characters and a much darker story line, this is a truly impressive sequel to one of the best adventure films of all time.
Part of me wishes for an alternate universe where Indiana Jones was as prolific as James Bond, every other year anticipating a new archeological adventure, eventually making way to the Antarctic, or the safaris of Nigeria or uncovering the mysteries of the Bermuda triangle. Sooner than later, Ford would retire and tip the hat to another 40-something to pick up the whip where he left off. The Crystal Skull kingdom wouldn't even be an afterthought and George Lucas will have long been deemed ancient history after this alternate audience passionately rejects his Star Wars abortions and they bomb into oblivion. This is only a fantasy, but this film is real, and as proper a sequel for this character as you can get.
The biggest trouble with her is the noise.
I still love this film and think it's extremely fun, but it's also severely flawed. The saving grace of the film is Harrison Ford that still plays up Indiana Jones as good as he did in Raiders of the Lost Ark, unfortunately that's where people should stop comparing the two films unless they want to be disappointed.
Gone is the memorable supporting cast of the first film. They are replaced by the likes of Kate Capshaw's Willie Scott who is probably the most useless character in the franchise's history. The plot struggles and strains at the beginning to find a reason for her to even be in the film and…
Indy is an iconic character, one of the all-time greats. This unfairly criticized prequel is even better than I remembered it. I love how Lucas and Spielberg - with their, at the time, seemingly unlimited imagination - don't try to replicate Raiders. Noticeably darker, but equally as fun, dazzling you from the first frame to the last, this is (in the cart chase sequence literally) one long rollercoaster ride. Every set-piece is amazing; the campy humor a riot. Brilliantly crafted entertainment.
Fortune and glory, kid. Fortune and glory.
Indy's second (technically first) adventure is a different beast than the first one. I remembered this as easily the poorest Indy-film, being too silly and cartoonish with two annoying characters; Short Round and Willie.
I was wrong. Although it starts out like that this quickly becomes a different film; moodier and more atmospheric than the first one, with a an excellent Spielberg whose directing knocks this out of the park. He's "fixed" one or two problems in this, particularly the music and the way it's used. He's also allowed to have more fun in this one, with its widely different locations, from Chinatown to the jungle and Pankot Palace, the hidden rooms beneath(?)…
There are some points to this movie that are okay, but it strays away from the magic of "Raiders" and wants to be a comedy.
Far and away the most entertaining of the Indiana Jones films, TEMPLE OF DOOM is defined by its persistent attempts to amuse and thrill. Its elements, some of which are in dubious taste, never mesh as neatly as they do in this film's predecessor, but its exuberance and Spielberg's skillful craftsmanship keep the film afloat.
the first Indy movie i saw at the theater, re-watched on bluray and it looked awesome. Very fun movie
The sequel (or prequel) to 'Raiders Of The Lost Ark', Steven Spielberg returns to direct Harrison Ford once more as Indiana Jones; college professor and famed archeologist.
After escaping from a betrayal in Shanghai following a recent job, Indiana Jones and his young assistant Short Round (Ke Huy Quan) and American singer Willie Scott (Kate Capshaw), roped into the Shanghai escape by accident, crash land in India en route to America. As if dictated by the gods, a small Indian village outside Deli requests they seek out and return 5 sacred stones, the Sankara Stones, stolen from the village by local evil voodoo forces intenet on the power given to those who use the stones for "fortune and glory."
"Let’s take everything that made Raiders of the Lost Ark so cool and fun and make it a little bit more Bond-esque."
And I am not even using the term Bond-esque as despective, but it is very goofy. It made me raise some big questions like:
What’s with the annoying boy? Why couldn’t they write a far more interesting girl than Willie? Why is the action not as good as in Raiders? Why are the jokes not as funny? Isn’t it too bloody for a PG film? (Same applies to Raiders of the Lost Ark, but I may be overreacting) Where is Marion? (Then I realized it was a prequel and not a sequel, which made me realize how little interest I had in the story)
Still entertaining, though, and Harrison Ford is awesome as always.
This was not the film I remembered. I remembered a dark and deliciously fun follow up to the, genuinely amazing, Raiders. While there is plenty to like in this follow up, and it is dark as hell in parts, it's flabby. The screwball comedy banter between Indy and the blonde one (I refuse to repeat her name) is excruciating. It's a well intentioned sequel but not a successful one. Such a shame too.
Everything you could ask for in an adventure film.
Chinese kid side kick. Check
Ripping hearts out of chests. Check
Over the top action scenes. Check check
One of the best films I've ever seen
About on par with Raiders imo.
Whenever that asian kid said Dr. Jones all I could think of was that fucking Aqua song.
I love the Indiana Jones series, and every time I watch one of the films, I appreciate it more and more. Indiana Jones is one of the best created characters in movie history in my eyes, and Harrison Ford portrays him perfectly. His acting throughout is just made for Indiana Jones and I couldn't picture anybody else in that role. This is definitely one of my favorite films of the series and it's a debatable #1 for me actually! Everything from the sets, the soundtrack, the acting, the story, and the effects were superb, making this one of the great films of the 80's!