Action scenes are pretty bad, as they literally simulate an amusement park ride. All the other stuff is pretty good. It's the darkest entry - e.g. when Ford is possessed by the occult he isn't taken aback by darling Asian Short Round and his sterling childish innocence, pursuing him viciously until he's burned out of his trance - and the most obscure, solidified by an opening tracking shot onto Kate Capshaw singing "Anything Goes" in Mandarin. Giddy up pace as well, moving from Hong Kong to the Himalayas to the Indian Jungle in about fifteen minutes.
Back before Lord of the Rings and Marvel made sequels and trilogies into ongoing stories with continuity, sequels were 'further adventures' and thematic trilogies. Temple of Doom and The Last Crusade firmly established the Indiana Jones trilogy to be just that, further adventures inside a thematic framework. Obviously Lucas has an obsession with Joseph Campbell and the Hero's Journey, so with Indiana Jones it's a matter of the simple path of 1: Establish the hero. 2. Challenge the hero 3.…
After seeing this again (and in a theater for the first time), I regretfully have to concede to the editors of Boring Opinions Quarterly that this isn't actually the best Indiana Jones movie, that the Pankot Palace banquet (and some of the rest of the movie) is pretty racist/lame, and that Kate Capshaw's character is a drag (was there ever any point in our cultural history when "I broke a nail" was a funny joke?).
But as usual, the BOQ…
A nuanced, thoughtful portrayal of Pan-Asian culture and women.
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. - IMDB
Almost everything that I don't like about this is to do with Kate Capshaw's character of Willie Scott. Pretty much everything about her and what she does is annoying. From her overacted dialogue that misses the mark, to when she's in the…
Holy shit, this movie is stupid. Fuck you Spielberg!
"Keep the girl. I'll get another."
Despite Short Round being total golden formula pandering - I like him. He's a good dude.
That being said, I go through the same thing every time I watch this movie:
Minutes 1 - 40:
"Boy, Willie bothers the hell out of me."
Minutes 40 - 117:
"I guess Willie isn't so bad...when she's not in the movie that much."
"Awwww man! Don't kiss her, Indiana. You can do way better."
This movie was my first Indiana Jones movie on HBO when I was in about 2nd or 3rd grade. I still love it and alongside Last Crusade it's one of the ones I've rewatched the most. Also Willie is super hot from her sacrifice scene on. This movie had a huge impact on my love of movies. One of my building block movies.
Racist, sexist and WAY too dark for a lighthearted adventure film made for the whole family. Don't let your nostalgia fool you. This is on the same level as Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
Actually, I think it might be worse. At least Crystal Skull had some fun moments.
Please don't kill me.
Just watch Raiders or Last Crusade. Those movies are really fun.
Club Obi Wan. A mi parecer la más floja pese a su carácter icónico.
It's not very often these days that I review films without having watched them that same day, or the day before if I'm feeling particularly lazy, but it struck me that there are a fair few films that I still haven't reviewed that I could easily do out of the memory of having seen them many times.
Temple Of Doom had an extremely thankless task following on from Raiders Of The Lost Ark, of course, and even today it still…